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Business warns it can't be liable for unvaxed patrons


Queensland business has warned it still has no details on how it will operate when border restrictions lift next month and said it can’t be held liable for patrons who don’t comply with Covid directions.

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry said there were four major issues still outstanding on how its members should handle the lift in restrictions, including how they dealt with the vaccination status of staff and customers.

The group also wanted to know what would happen if a business became an exposure site, whether the Queensland contact tracing app would include vaccination status and how it could deal with rapid antigen testing.

CCIQ general manager of policy and advocacy Amanda Rohan said business needed information on how to make decisions relating to refusal of entry for unvaccinated customers.

She said it was also essential that legal liability for non-compliance with Covid directions was the responsibility of the customer, not the business.

“Business owners providing a Covid-safe environment for staff and customers cannot be liable for patrons not complying with contact tracing, vaccination or distancing rules,” Rohan said.

“They need these details now and not when or after the borders open so they have time to plan, make decisions, adapt and invest in their staff and resources so they are ready to get back to business.”




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