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Mandate distress

Updated: Oct 14, 2021

By CHRIS EARL


A LODDON cafe is closing its doors today with owners saying they will not risk fines for failing to police customer vaccination status.

Dee Slatter and Lindee Frost of Boort's Godfrey and Bear made the call on Monday, a fortnight after first voicing concern at the impost of the State Government’s vaccine mandate on business.

Their decision comes as another businessman, Wedderburn industrial Geoff Burnside, fears the vaccine mandate will impact the region’s economy.

Dee and Lindee announced: “It is with very heavy hearts that we feel we have been left with no alternative but to close our doors for the time being.

“Our last day of trading will be Thursday October 14: after this time we would be required to actively ‘police’ the public health orders in relation to vaccine mandates for staff and in the foreseeable future for our customers, or face significant fines,” their statement said.

“We hope that one day we will be open again where we can unconditionally serve and employ all people regardless of their personal health choices.” Dee told the Loddon Herald: “We’re not anti-vaccination but we are against this mandate, it’s ruining businesses, it’s ruining communities.”


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