Liquor & Gaming COVID-19

More double standards and uncertainty for the hospitality industry

20 October 2021

The Victorian hospitality industry faces chaos, delays and uncertainty after the Andrews Labor Government backflipped on their promise to allow single-vaccinated staff to work from Friday.

This change also implies that a single-vaccinated employee will be allowed to work in a hospital, but not in a café, bar, or restaurant.

This last-minute change has left staff unable to work or to book their vaccination appointment in time for Friday’s reopening. Businesses have now been left clambering to fill rosters and to accommodate an upset of this magnitude.

Even despite this announcement, the Department of Health and Human Services’ website does not reflect the update to vaccine requirements for hospitality workers until the present day.

These double standards raise serious questions as to what, if any, health advice these decisions has been made on.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Small Business, David Southwick:

“Many hospitality businesses are struggling to keep the doors open and just want certainty and the ability to open without the government constantly moving the goal posts. 

“Daniel Andrews should back the Liberal Nationals' call to freeze additional municipal fees and charges on business and allow these businesses to open up in line with other states.

“Small businesses just want to get back to work after 18 months of lockdowns and the least Labor can do is to allow them to open up in line with New South Wales.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Steph Ryan:

“It’s obvious that Daniel Andrews is making these rules on the run. 

“The government’s legal directions don’t reflect the Premier’s mandate that all hospitality workers must be double vaccinated. 

“Many hospitality businesses already face difficulties to attract trained staff after such long lockdowns and this new requirement will make it difficult for many to open.

“Whether its CBD or regional hospitality venues, these business owners just want to be given a chance to safely trade under the same rules as everyone.”

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