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New business directory launched today for Vaxxed and Unvaxxed customers

A new online directory featuring businesses keen to remain open to all customers, vaccinated or not, was launched today in Australia.

Volunteers behind the “Open For All” initiative say hundreds of businesses have signed up over a two-week period, noting a strong buy-in from industries in contact with customers, especially health and fitness. physique, hair and beauty, trades and business B2B suppliers.

“Vaccine passports are a legal, ethical and logistical nightmare for business owners, so it’s no surprise that many are taking a stand,” a member of the Open For All volunteer team said in a statement. release at The Epoch Times.

“For our economic recovery, it is important to include all Australians in the reopening of our country,” she said. “The Australian Human Rights Commission has also warned that vaccine passports could have important implications for privacy and autonomy, fairness and discrimination. “

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Customers can access the directory on The Open For All website; Participating businesses will also receive a “Proudly Open to All” badge to display on their storefronts and website.

“We have seen the UK government abandon its vaccine passport plans following widespread opposition,” Open For All said. “We have a window of opportunity to do the same here if enough businesses, consumers and politicians take a stand. “

Open For All says the campaign is free.

It was launched shortly after the New South Wales (NSW) became the first Australian jurisdiction to establish a roadmap, including immunization targets– for the state to move away from its reliance on lockdowns to contain COVID-19 outbreaks.

Over the past year, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian had been the most reluctant of all Australian state and territory leaders to use strict health restrictions to easily deal with COVID-19. However, an outbreak of the Delta variant in July in Greater Sydney changed that position. The Victorian government has also changed its official stance from lockdown to learning to live with the virus.

Both states have introduced roadmaps outlining a gradual opening up of the state, including “freedoms” for fully vaccinated individuals once 70 and 80 percent of the population have been vaccinated. This would see the opening of businesses such as hair salons, gymnasiums, restaurants and places of worship.

The NSW government will deploy a digital vaccination certificate, or passport, through the NSW Service app; however, enforcement and fine procedures still need to be finalized.

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said it would be up to the individual to obey public health orders, not business.

“If people want to do the wrong thing, if they are found out, like I said, it could be jail time there,” he told the ABC on September 27. “Businesses, especially small businesses, should not be de facto police officers. If there is an escalation, please call the authorities.

Meanwhile, Sam Kennard, CEO of Kennards Storage, one of Australia’s largest storage companies, said his company would be listed on Open For All.

“There is a large percentage of people who will be pro-vaccine but prefer to resist vaccine passports. There will also be people who prefer not to be vaccinated. Being part of Open for All is a setback against attempts at government control, ”he told The Epoch Times.

“Passports for vaccines will put the population on a slippery slope of government surveillance, intrusion and ever-increasing surveillance of our lives. How about facial recognition check-ins? Geolocation? And possibly social credit scores? ” he added.

“It’s easy to imagine that such a platform would see controls being gradually added and freedom gradually lost. All wrapped up in the idea that it’s in our own best interests in terms of health and safety advice, of course. “

Daniel Y. Teng

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