The Informer: An injection of kindness never hurt

Picture: John Veage
Picture: John Veage

Last night my hairdresser excitedly messaged me to say that she would now be taking appointments for next month.

I dare say, I wasn't the only one to receive a message like this.

Small businesses like hers have borne the brunt of COVID restrictions in recent years, but here she is positive, ready and raring to go.

And I was excited too... mixed with a twinge of concern.

How can we guarantee that those around us are 'doing the right thing'? How will business owners ensure their customers are fully vaxxed? Who will police this? Will staff be put at risk of abuse?

This morning's NSW Health press conference didn't do much to alleviate those concerns.

When asked similar questions, NSW health minister Brad Hazzard could only provide some vague assurances that public health orders would be enforced.

"If the law says that you have to be fully vaccinated, then the police will enforce that - they have to enforce that," he said.

However, he later followed this up by stating that he 'didn't think police should be at the forefront' of enforcing the rule that only fully vaccinated people will be able to enjoy certain freedoms - at least until December 1 rolls around.

A little more uncertainty never hurt anyone, right?

Throughout this recent outbreak we've seen anti-maskers taking on police in Sydney, violent protests in Melbourne, and a brawl outside of a Victorian hospital on Monday night after a group of men were unable to visit a COVID patient who had sadly died.

I look at the 15-year-old kids enforcing mask mandates at Maccas and wonder how they would fair against a disgruntled unvaccinated patron who decided to enter the restaurant.

Down in the country's capital the Australian Hotels Association ACT has reacted with "bewilderment, anger and frustration" at the territory's reopening plan.

They say that "hospitality businesses aren't going to open up viably until late November or in early December" with restrictions placed on the number of patrons allowed inside, and outside, restaurants and cafes.

Freight businesses with trucks heading into and out of the sunshine state will also have to adapt to new rules with the announcement that Queensland will mandate vaccination and negative COVID-19 tests for truck drivers within 47 days.

We just have to hope that some of the small acts of kindness and selflessness shown in rural, suburban and city streets will transfer over to some goodwill and understanding for business owners and their staff.

After all, we are all at the mercy of public health orders, and we are all in this together.

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