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Hospitality South Canterbury chairman Kristy Phillips said government information was contradictory “and in some cases untenable to work with”.
Some South Canterbury hotel businesses are expected to close due to the government’s vaccine mandates, said Hospitality South Canterbury chairperson Kristy Phillips.
“For businesses that don’t have a team willing to vaccinate, they will have to consider a temporary or permanent shutdown, which is not a decision taken lightly.
“I have been advised of the impending closures starting this week,” Phillips said.
Phillips was not willing to identify which companies it was, but said that with the mandate not going into effect until Dec. 3, there was still “a bit of a wait.”
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“However, we know that we will be saying goodbye to extremely talented and hardworking people across the region.
“Working with the site operators, it is clear that there have been many sleepless nights and tears over the use of vaccine passes and compulsory vaccination. “
Phillips said government information in the weeks through Friday was contradictory “and in some cases untenable to work with.”
“The government has indicated that if a hospitality company chooses not to use the HVAC pass and operate under tighter restrictions, our teams will not have to be vaccinated either.
“However, the published Covid-19 Response (Vaccinations) law required all employees to be vaccinated, which will be difficult for some sites.
“There will likely be a consolidation of hours of operation and services offered as we navigate the new normal.”
The government’s announcement, she said, was “another big, bold statement without the details.”
“We are currently seeing some groups advancing their reservations to enter by December 3 so that everyone in their group or workplace can attend.”
Regarding the vaccine pass, Phillips said they are still waiting to see exactly how the government and WorkSafe NZ expect it to work.
“We know we will be fined $ 15,000 for non-compliance. We are in the hospitality business which means we want to welcome everyone with open arms and not create another barrier to entry.
“We hope there will be more clarity on this over the coming week.”
She said many business owners had to make decisions because the government failed to provide the details.
“Any site that chooses whether or not to use the vaccine pass realizes that we will be judged by the public based on their personal opinions.
“We are trying to find the best option to support our teams who have their own convictions and have to provide for their families, without excluding our regulars, who are also like family to us,” she said.
With the government signaling a change to orange for the area as part of the traffic lights, Phillips said that meant if a hotel business didn’t use the vaccine pass system, it could only work. under a click and contactless collection option.
“Another indication is that there will be no government support for business for this option, which means the drop in revenues will not allow us to support our teams as we need them.”
Phillips said feelings were incredibly strong for both the vaccine and the vaccine.
“We’re caught in the middle. “
However, some hotel operators have indicated that they will operate under the vaccination passport system.
Late last month, Timaru bar owners Bob Mason and Barney Cahill confirmed that they would only welcome vaccinated customers to their premises.
At the time, Mason, who owns The Old Bank and Bullock Restaurant and Bar, in Timaru, the Pleasant Point Hotel and a bar in Rangiora, said, “It’s a hard thing to say and do, but I don’t. cannot allow unvaccinated people to enter the door.
Cahill, owner of Timaru’s Sail and Anchor bar and cafe, said he adopted a “no vaccine, no entry” policy a month before it was mandatory.