LIKE the majority of hospitality venues, Kristine Maclean's The Green Apple in Orange's Centerpoint Arcade has rolled with the COVID-19 punches.
Mrs Maclean put on her mask, moved to full takeaway and monitored QR codes without fuss but last week, the pandemic gave her a rude jolt when a customer asked if she herself was fully vaccinated.
"I told her I'd had my first shot of Pfizzer," Mrs Maclean said but apparently that wasn't enough with the woman declining service and leaving.
"She said she was sorry, but she had to protect herself," Mrs Maclean said.
It was a left-field question Mrs Maclean said surprised her and then started her thinking about how things were going to work when, and if, the NSW Government sticks to its plan for vaccination passports.
According to Premier Gladys Berejiklian's roadmap out of lockdown, NSW will open the Monday after 70 per cent of the state's eligible population is fully inoculated against COVID-19. Open, that is, to those fully vaccinated.
At this stage what will be October 18 but it there are pointers it could occur sooner if the vaccine rollout continues at its current pace.
I can't discriminate, I can't turn away customers who have come here for the last 11 years, these are regular customers.Kristine Maclean
On that day, hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per four square meters inside and one person per two square meters outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside. Hospitality workers must be fully vaccinated and patrons must be able to prove they've had the two shots.
As of September 19, 90.1 per cent of Orange's eligible population of 33,170 had had one jab, with 41.7 per cent fully dosed. In Cabonne, 85 per cent of the eligible population of 10,765 has had one shot and 48.3 two.
Mrs Maclean said she's been happy to follow the rules so far and is '100 per cent behind vaccination' but admits she's uncomfortable at the thought of asking patrons their vaccination status. She's also annoyed she would be asked to take on the enforcer's role.
"I don't like that decision," she said. "I can't discriminate, I can't turn away customers who have come here for the last 11 years, these are regular customers.
"I'm here in a busy arcade, I can't police who comes through - We get school aged kids coming through..."
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