A Toowoomba establishment says it has no regrets standing up to “segregation” after copping a $6000-plus fine for breaching the new Covid vaccination mandate rules.
From December 17, restrictions for unvaccinated people mean they are now banned from all indoor hospitality and entertainment venues including pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes.
There are fines of up to $1,378 for individuals and up to $6,892 for businesses which fail to comply with the public health directions.
Popular Toowoomba venue Bar Wunder posted on Facebook about the $6,672.it received at the weekend saying “It's no secret that we are completely opposed to segregation and will continue to be”.
“We knew exactly what we were up against and still stand by our decisions, with zero regrets," they wrote.
“We do not believe this a public health issue, but one of complete control headed towards tyranny.
“The nonsensical rules are hypocritical and arbitrary and we don't want to play this game.
"Enough is enough."
The post continues by saying many businesses have suffered tremendously this weekend due to the rules.
The post concludes with a quote by American civil rights activist Rosa Parks: "You must never be fearful of what you are doing when it is right".
An Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation spokesperson says while undertaking compliance inspections in Toowoomba at the weekend, compliance officers from OLGR found a licensed premise not to be complying with the public health direction and Bar Wunder was issued a fine.
“Businesses with vaccination entry requirements, including licensed hospitality venues, have to take reasonable steps to check patrons’ vaccination status. This may be at an entry point or before service,” the spokesperson says.
“OLGR will continue to monitor the compliance of licenced venues with Public Health Directions.
“Higher level enforcement action may occur where a person in charge of a business makes no attempt to comply with a public health direction.”
The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation assist Queensland Health and Queensland Police with the monitoring of compliance under the Public Health Act 2005.
Bar Wunder posted again on its Facebook page yesterday to thank people who had supported the business for its stance.
“What an interesting 24hrs! THANK YOU to every person who has emailed, messaged, called and contacted us on every possible platform today to express your support,” they wrote.