Hospitality sector lends tentative support for plan to ban anti-vaxxers from venues

Hospitality leaders have shown support for a proposal to limit venue access to people who can prove they have been vaccinated but questioned who should be overall responsible.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said yesterday she approved of a proposal to limit access to popular venues to those who have been inoculated against Covid.

But Restaurant and Catering CEO Wes Lambert said the priority should be to vaccinate hospitality staff first.

“Any proposal that would seek to restrict hospitality businesses should not come into effect until after the vaccine rollout is completed,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

Celebrity chef Luke Mangan said the move would “give people confidence going back into restaurants and bars” but maintained it should only be implemented by the government and not be the responsibility of businesses.

Pub baron Craig Laundy said it would only work after the vaccine has been rolled out across the nation.

“I don’t think we can implement this until everyone has had a chance to be inoculated,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

But he warned there needed to be clarity over who is responsible if someone lied to get into a venue and was caught.

“If someone fraudulently enters a venue and they are caught, the responsibility should lie with them (and not the venue),” he said.