Going gets tough for unvaccinated shoppers in Australia

Highlights 

  • Last month, Australian PM Scott Morrison confirmed that businesses could refuse entry and service to Australians who are not vaccinated.
  • The Australian retail behemoth Best&Less has made the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for staff and customers.
  • The retailer will refuse unvaccinated shoppers in NSW stores from 18 October 2021.

According to media reports, the Australian retail giant Best&Less has made COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for its staff as well as customers. The retailer will refuse entry to unvaccinated customers in its New South Wales stores from 18 October 2021 and that the customers would need to be fully vaccinated to shop in its stores. The decision was made in line with the guidelines provided by the NSW government.

The retailer prepares to reopen its NSW stores as the government eases COVID-19 related restrictions once vaccination targets are hit. The Company plans to reopen its stores from 18 October 2021, as the government indicated that at least 70% of people over 16 years would be likely to be vaccinated by 18 October, although this date could be earlier.

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Australian PM said that businesses could ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccination

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In August 2021, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that businesses could refuse entry and service to Australians who are not vaccinated. Mr Morrison mentioned that the businesses could ask for proof of vaccination, which is legitimate to do as they are doing this for protection of their own employees as well as to protect their other clients.

This means that the businesses, if they wish to, can turn away customers who cannot prove if they have received one or two jabs of a COVID-19 vaccine. Besides, the prime minister has also supported the use of vaccine passports and highlighted that this concept is sensible as the COVID-19 cases are rising in NSW and Victoria.

NSW planning to reopen next month at 70% full vaccination

Stay-at-home orders for fully vaccinated adults will be lifted from 18 October after NSW passes the 70% target of double vaccination. The government highlighted that only the fully vaccinated people and those with some medical exemptions could have the right to the freedoms permissible under the reopening roadmap.

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Australia to reopen after reaching 70-80% vaccination levels

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Once NSW hits the target of fully vaccinating 80% of population, the government aims to open up further freedoms related to community sport, international travel, some major events and other areas. Furthermore, in the country, some freedoms will be only available to people who are fully vaccinated.

Bottom Line

Australian government highlighted that the country could reopen once the nation reaches 70-80% vaccination levels. Moreover, the government is urging Australians to get their jabs as the country plans to reopen with some freedoms for fully vaccinated people.

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