06/01/2022 - 15:43

McGowan: Don’t be a dropkick

06/01/2022 - 15:43

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Premier Mark McGowan and the hotel industry are urging pubgoers to respect hospitality staff after venues reported an increase in abuse directed at workers about COVID-19 rules.

McGowan: Don’t be a dropkick
Patrons must wear a mask and show proof of vaccination to enter nightclubs, music festivals, Crown, events with an occasional liquor licence and venues with capacity of 500 or more. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Premier Mark McGowan and the Australian Hotels Association WA are urging pubgoers to respect hospitality staff after venues reported an increase in abuse directed at workers about wearing masks and providing proof of vaccination.

On Monday, Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson announced the mask mandate would continue and requirements to show proof of vaccination to enter nightclubs, music festivals, Crown, events with an occasional liquor licence and venues with capacity of 500 people or more would be introduced on Tuesday.

AHA WA chief executive Bradley Woods said COVID-19 restrictions in Perth and Peel were mandated by the government, and staff working in hospitality venues should not be abused or preached at by a small minority who do not agree with the rules.

“We have received reports of confrontations at venue entrances from those who refuse to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination,” Mr Woods said.

“Under the State of Emergency Directions, patrons who have a legitimate exemption are legally required to produce it to enter the venue.

“Venue owners, operators and managers have a legal obligation to comply with health directions, whether it be mask mandates or proof of vaccination requirements; they do not pick and choose which rules they want to abide by.”

Mr McGowan expressed a similar sentiment in a Facebook post today.

“If you’re asked to show your proof of vaccination, don’t be a dropkick,” the post read.

“There is never an excuse to be rude to staff – not now, not ever.”

He reminded people to ensure they had a form of ID and downloaded their proof of vaccination before going out, and asked for patrons to be patient as venues put procedures in place.

The state government has indicated it will launch a new integrated phone application next week to incorporate QR check-ins and proof of vaccination.

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