Australian businesses wanting to keep their doors open to all individuals – vaccinated or not – are being encouraged to join a new consumer advocacy campaign launched on 14 September.
Participating businesses will be listed in a nationwide online directory and will receive a “Proudly Open for All” badge to display on their storefronts and website.
An Open for All spokesperson told The Epoch Times, “We’re hearing from hundreds of people who—or not—disagreed with the ‘show your papers’ policy and the idea of a two-tier society.”
“By promoting businesses that respect medical freedom, we are giving consumers the opportunity to ‘vote with their wallet’ and support those committed to equality and inclusivity,” he said.
“With thousands of business owners across Australia preparing to decide where they stand on this issue, we must act now to maintain a fair and equal market for all.”
The campaign is free, and staffed by volunteers. The directory will be launched on September 27.
It comes after the New South Wales government became the first Australian jurisdiction to set a roadmap, including vaccination targets, which would see the state’s progress away from relying on lockdowns to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
Fully vaccinated individuals will be given “freedom” after 70 percent of the state’s population has been vaccinated, including businesses such as hair salons, gyms, restaurants and churches.
More freedom will be offered once the state is vaccinated at 80 percent. However, the status of the unrelated persons is yet to be confirmed.
Deputy Premier John Barillaro last week issued a warning for businesses to comply with health orders.
“There will be a poster on the front window to say the business has been vaccinated,” he said in comments obtained by the Daily Telegraph. “We’ll make sure it’s very visible to the public.”
“There will be significant fines for violations,” he said. “There’s going to be a level of trust.”
“But we recognize that there is always going to be a component of people doing the wrong thing, and they are not always obedient,” he said. “That’s why the settings are quite strict and quite conservative.”
Open for All said there were no public health orders or laws that made a COVID-19 vaccine passport mandatory.
“Business owners are responsible for their own decisions regarding laws or mandates if they are enforced. But the threat made by Barillaro should not scare business owners or deter them from speaking their minds on the issue,” he said.
“We have just seen the UK government cancel its Vaccine Passport plans after widespread opposition from businesses, consumers and lawmakers,” he said. “Australians have an opportunity to achieve the same thing here if enough of us raise our voices.”
The Australian Human Rights Commission has warned businesses and governments that introducing a passport-like system would have huge implications.
“Vaccine passports could have important implications for privacy and autonomy, freedom of movement and association, equality and discrimination, especially when it comes to accessing everyday services.”
Sam Kennard, CEO of Kennards Storage, one of Australia’s largest storage businesses, said his company will be listed on Open for All.
“There is a large percentage of people who would be pro-vaccine but prefer to oppose vaccine passports. There will be some people who prefer not to get vaccinated. To be part of Open for All is a pushback against attempts at government control,” he told The Epoch Times.
“The vaccine will put the passport population on the slippery slope of ever-increasing government surveillance, infiltration, and surveillance of our lives. Why not facial recognition check-ins? Geo-tracking? And ultimately social credit scores?” she added.
“It is easy to imagine that on such a platform controls will be slowly added and independence will gradually be lost. All is wrapped up in the spin that it is in our own best interest when it comes to health advice and safety. , Definitely. “
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times