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Scenic Rim Mayor fears that COVID roadmap will disrupt region’s “social fabric”

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen says he will take concerns about the region’s COVID-19 roadmap recovery pathway to the Queensland Premier after feedback from locals and small business owners.

With Queensland close to hitting the 80% threshold of people fully vaccinated, many small business owners after worried about the restrictions that will come into place under the state’s new restrictions.

Many business owners are worried about the prospect of having to turn away unvaccinated customers, and the specifics of how to enforce COVID-19 vaccination policies.

The Mayor says that he aims to provide some clear direction for his constituents.

“From discussions and correspondence across our region, I have confirmed that current proposed restrictions and constraints pose a risk to our social fabric and participation, while also imposing unacceptable cost, physical and economic risk upon both individuals and business operators.

“It is my belief that there are a significant range of matters that should be re-examined by the Queensland Government, while there is still time ahead of 17 December, because they currently present onerous burdens for many in our Scenic Rim communities.”

Lou Cheevers, who runs the popular Shed Cafe in Rathdowney says she concerned about the lack of clarity provided on the specifics surrounding the vaccine roadmap to recovery.

“My main two concerns are whether I’m able to employ staff who are unvaccinated? In order to keep my business successful, I’ve got to fill roles.”

“My second concern is with the volume of people who come through my cafe, and I only trade two days a week and its I’m not in a position to check people’s vaccination status.

“I won’t be turning people away because as a small business owner, you need the dollars in the till, and without it people fall apart.”

For Mayor Christensen, the December 17 deadline for the vaccine threshold is his primary concern.

“The time is short, my community has uncertainty, we’re wanting clearer answers”

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