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No jab, no gab: Property Council events to lock out those yet to get vaccine

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The Property Council has ordered that all its in-person events, courses and conferences would be only for the fully vaccinated.

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The mandate would also apply to all Property Council staff.

The decision follows the State Government’s release of a rule blocking unvaccinated people attending events or going to venues such as restaurants and pubs which had raised concerns that staff will be forced to deal with angry patrons. 

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland said the new rules provided some clarity for business ahead of the Christmas season but detail was still needed on how companies would deal with being exposed to a positive case on their premises.

The CCIQ said it was also important business was not liable for patrons who did not comply with contact tracing or vaccination rules.

In a circular to members this morning the Property Council said its mandate would mean only fully-vaccinated people would be able to attend its events, courses and conferences.

Chief executive Ken Morrison said the Property Council welcomed a return of face-to-face activities and engagement in many locations and hopefully an end to the threat of lockdowns everywhere.

 “Like our members, the Property Council has been shaping our own pathway to ‘living with COVID-19’ as the country reopens and reconnects,” Morrison said.

 “While vaccines have been a game-changer, the pandemic is certainly not over. The health and safety of our people and our members must remain our most important priority.

 “We have been considering how to best to perform our role of connecting the industry in this new world, as well as our responsibilities as an employer with staff in every state and territory. ”

He said the vaccination rule was already in place in NSW, Victoria and the ACT, and would stat in South Australia in a fortnight, Tasmania and Queensland in December.

“At this stage these arrangements will be in place until the end of March 2022,” Morrison said.

However, retailer Coles said it would not be demanding staff get vaccinated and will instead leave it up to state regulations.

Staff would be encouraged, but not forced, to be vaccinated.

 

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