Anonymous, Byron Bay
First of all, thank you to those customers who did the right thing and wore their masks in hospitality venues on the weekend.
However, as a hospitality business owner who opened all weekend when many others closed, it was seriously disappointing to see the utter disrespect and disregard for the restrictions in place.
We have been so blessed where we live in so many ways and in particular with regard to COVID cases.
Whether you are a conspiracy theorist or not … whether you are a local or a tourist … how hard is it to wear a mask while you are temporarily in a public place and to treat the people working in those venues with some courtesy?
The number of people who argued, swore, or walked out when politely asked to put on a complementary mask (thank you, NSW health) for the few minutes required to place an order was astounding!
We put in the long hours, wore masks all day each day only to cop abuse from customers. How hard is it to show a little respect and follow a few rules for four days instead of putting other people and businesses at risk for fines or for potentially creating extended restrictions that affect us all. How incredibly selfish.