Beaudesert police and local MP call for courtesy on eve of new vaxx rules

SHOW RESPECT: Local business owners like Shinade Harper from Teaspoons and Aprons and Kylie Peterson from Bean To? should not be blamed for the new rules, say police. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
SHOW RESPECT: Local business owners like Shinade Harper from Teaspoons and Aprons and Kylie Peterson from Bean To? should not be blamed for the new rules, say police. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

ON the eve of new restrictions for people still not vaccinated for COVID-19, police have warned that rudeness and aggression towards local business owners and employees is not on.

Beaudesert's senior police officer Ken Murray said there had been reports of people being unfairly blamed for the new rules, which mean those visiting or working at cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs much show proof of vaccination before being allowed entry.

"There have been a number of incidents where people have been approached at businesses in relation to the mandate issues," Senior Sergeant Murray said.

"They have been discourteous to staff members and this is unfair and disrespectful.

"The workers, employees, owners of businesses are basically being compliant and they shouldn't be held to be responsible or be abused for complying."

Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause said it was not too late for people to get vaccinated and encouraged those who had not had the jab to visit one of the vaccination hubs, either at the Beaudesert Showgrounds or Jymbilung House.

"Currently 86 per cent of Scenic Rim residents have already had their first vaccination dose that's terrific, but if there are others out there who have just been putting it off or thinking that because we've had borders closed that COVID wasn't going to impact us, I think it's inevitable that it will be circulating," he said.

Mr Krause said it was understandable that people were questioning the purpose of the new regulations.

"When it comes to the mandate rules I think the government needs to look at what they're trying to achieve with it.

"Some of the rules give some absurd outcomes and can give mixed messages about what is actually going on.

"For example, a cafe in a shopping centre with outside tables and chairs is subject to the mandate, yet common seating within the shopping centre and just a couple of metres away is not subject to the mandate.

"People might come and ask what's the point- it couldn't be about stopping transmission because by and large people are just moving freely through the centre anyway.

"It's really unfair to these small businesses to be put on the front line again, especially when you see what looks like a ridiculous outcome from the mandate."

Sergeant Murray said from December 17 everyone entering a business or premises where restrictions apply should understand these are the rules set down by the state government.

"Everyone has to check in. businesses will ask to see proof of vaccination," he said.

"Please be courteous and understanding when these people ask for that proof.

"Any issues or disturbances at businesses that require a police response and will be dealt with and enforced if necessary but we're hoping for some understanding and for everything to be peaceful."

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