Even if people are not vaccinated against COVID-19, Australian business owners state they will welcome everyone to their restaurants, salons, and bars.
The rebellion comes after the New South Wales (NSW) government became the first Australian jurisdiction to establish a pathway, which includes vaccination targets, to move the state away from using lockdowns to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, Daily Mail reported.
Once 70% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, “freedoms” will be offered to fully vaccinated individuals, including businesses like hair salons, gyms, restaurants, and churches.
The government, however, claimed it was too early to provide specific details on the legal requirements, despite previously indicating that vaccination proof will be included in the Service NSW smartphone app.
Gabriele Moretti, the owner of Amoretti’s Pizza in Abbotsbury, Sydney’s south west, posted on Facebook that the business was “open to all,” per news.com.au.
“We don’t discriminate. Only if you ask for pineapple on pizza! ONLY JOKING your pizza your choice. Your body, your choice,” he wrote.
A Sydney hair salon, Organic Hair, posted: “We will welcome all our beautiful clients once we are allowed to reopen.
“There will never be any discrimination. Your medical choices are not for us to know.”
Maria’s Beauty Bar in Sydney’s south in Kogarah Bay also highlighted they are a “pro choice salon” in a post on Instagram, which attracted 670 likes.
“We are a PRO freedom of choice business, and in no way shape or form support discrimination not against our team, clients or fellow industry,” they shared on social media.
“We will as per usual servicing ALL our clients & brides. ALL are welcome.”
British Health Minister Sajid Javid (Conservative) confirmed vaccine passports and testing for returning travelers will not be mandatory in the near future.
“We have looked at it properly and, while we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I am pleased to say that we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports,” he said according to Fox News.
Javid openly admitted he is no fan of harsh government restrictions to help contain the pandemic.
“I have never liked the idea of saying to people, ‘You must show your papers’ or something, to do what is just an everyday activity,” he said according to Fox News.