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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.

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  1. While not condoning ‘abuse’ … … The news that significant numbers did refuse the mask is encouraging, well done, they went hungry rather than collaborate with tyranny.

  2. Hi anon. Foolish is correct & heavier words belong to those who believe in
    the obstruction of everyone’s freedom. They just don’t & won’t get it. Now
    if we had a break-out of rabies I do wonder if that would get through to
    those stamping their ‘human rights’.

    • It was really encouraging to see the general compliance with mask wearing in Byron Bay and Suffolk Park over Easter. While many were probably visitors to the area, it also shows that there are plenty in the local community who are sane enough to accept expert medical advice and not feel the need to feed their egos by pretending to be among a uniquely enlightened elite who know better. All about questioning, they never deviate from an unswerving belief in totally unsupported conspiracies.

      A big disappointment to me was one food business I visited twice during this period where all of the customers but none of the staff was wearing masks.


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