Gladys Berejiklian has warned people hesitant to get vaccines in cities like Byron Bay that they will be locked out if not stung when the lockdown ends.
The prime minister of NSW told the famous alternative city with one of the lowest Covid vaccination rates in the state that it was in danger of being left behind on Oct. 11.
The lockdown will end in 13 days after NSW is 70 percent vaccinated, forcing home orders to be withdrawn and pubs, restaurants and shops to open.
However, residents will have to prove that they have been fully vaccinated so that they are in fact still in lockdown and banned from most public locations.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has warned that regional areas such as Byron Bay (pictured) with low vaccination rates will suffer the consequences once the state begins to open up
“Byron will absolutely be, and that’s because some people choose not to get the vaccine… but they have to live with those consequences,” Ms Berejiklian said on Tuesday’s Today show.
Ms Berejiklian also warned stores that if they didn’t vaccinate their staff, they would be banned from working – which would hurt their business.
“If you choose not to have a vaccinated staff, well, that’s up to you. You won’t be able to do anything,’ she said.
Even then, airlines have said they won’t hire people who haven’t been vaccinated. Many companies have said they will not welcome people who have not been vaccinated.”
However, Ms Berejiklian insisted that all of NSW would exit lockdown at the same time the state vaccination average reached 70 per cent, even if some areas such as Byron Bay were well below that.
Country towns would also not be barred from accepting visitors when regional travel is allowed when the NSW average reaches 80 percent.
“They will all open, but only for the vaccinated. From now on, life will be for the vaccinated instead of the unvaccinated. That’s why we want all of NSW to move forward,” she said.
The Byron Bay Shire (pictured) has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the state, with only 34.9 percent of the eligible population fully vaccinated
Anti-lockdown protests have been held in Byron Bay, including one in early September 2021 when the region was not under lockdown restrictions (pictured 2020 lockdown protests in Byron Bay clashed with police)
The NSW vaccination rate is 60.2 percent fully vaccinated and 85.5 percent first dose.
The Byron Shire has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the state: 60.9 percent of eligible people receive one dose and 34.9 percent are fully vaccinated.
Anti-lockdown protesters have previously flooded the streets of Byron Bay, including a rally in early September 2021 when the region was not under lockdown restrictions.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said police would not routinely check vaccination passports, but would be available to assist business owners who refuse service to anyone.
“We will not walk through restaurants, cafes and pubs to check if people have been vaccinated twice,” he told radio 2GB in Sydney on Tuesday.
“We will certainly help restaurant owners and shop owners if they refuse someone entry, we will certainly respond to help those people.
“I think it’s important that we stay calm there,” he said.
Despite low vaccination rates, the Prime Minister has declared that the entire state will open at the same time, on the Monday after NSW hits 70 percent dual vaccination targets
Ms Berejiklian was also forced to defend her policy of giving unvaccinated people the same freedom as everyone else on December 1 – just five weeks after the expected 80 percent.
“We’ve been very conservative because a lot of reports say at a double dose of 80 percent you should consider opening up to the unvaccinated and we’ve said no,” she said.
‘You have to wait at least another month, even four or five weeks, before you can start integrating into society.’
The prime minister said that while those who have not been vaccinated would be given these freedoms, many companies would choose to ban unvaccinated residents from their services after December 1.
Authorities have also noted that while police will not check vaccine passports, business owners may refuse service to people who have not been vaccinated, and agents are available to assist those denying entry (pictured Byron Bay as one of the lowest vaccination rates in NSW )
“Many organizations already have mandatory vaccination programs in place,” she said of Sunrise.
“Even though the government says that unvaccinated people will have different rights from December 1st…many companies have said they won’t accept someone who hasn’t been vaccinated.
“Life for the unvaccinated will be very difficult indefinitely.”
Ms. Berejiklian doubled this prediction on Today minutes later.
“Even though the government has said that in our regulated environment, unvaccinated people are becoming part of society, many private companies have already said, ‘not for us, thank you’, and unvaccinated people have to come to terms with that.” , ‘ she said.
However, the freedoms that become available during this time will only be available to those who are fully vaccinated, with those choosing not to wait weeks for similar freedoms