There's no doubt many in Inverell's hospitality industry are overjoyed to have customers back on site, however the impending 'double-vaxxed only' freedoms is causing concern for some.
Scott Williams, licensee of Inverell's Tatt's Hotel, said he'll enforce any mandatory orders from the government, but is left wondering what impact it would have on his business.
The 'roadmap to freedom', released by the NSW Government last Thursday, says from the Monday after NSW passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target, only adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and those with medical exemptions, will have access to certain freedoms. Unvaccinated will remain in lockdown conditions.
At the moment, businesses in lockdown-free LGAs can decide for themselves whether or not to allow unvaccinated residents through their door: a decision valued by MP Adam Marshall.
"It's a matter for each individual business... but the quicker we can all get vaccinated the better," he said.
For Freckle's Cafe owner Jenny Thomas, fully vaccinated herself, it's a decision proudly displayed: "I am not stopping people who aren't vaccinated from coming in."
But Mr Williams said once the government enforces no freedom for the unvaccinated, the difficulty would come down to logistics.
"We're actually looking at how we can change the building, perhaps to have an entrance foyer like a club," he explained.
"The logistics for a country hotel to check everyone in, mask up, check that they're over 18, and then maybe if they're double vaccinated is a logistical nightmare."
Added to that, if he couldn't have staff on who weren't fully vaccinated it would layer on the pressure, especially at a time when "it's hard enough to find staff as it is".
With some staff unable to get the jab yet or are booked in for their second at a later date, he wonders what will happen if they cannot be vaxxed if and when those new rules kicked in.
While we enjoy freedom, Ms Thomas said as a venue owner, "I am not stopping people who aren't vaccinated from coming in".
Ms Thomas' statement, proudly displayed on the Freckle's Cafe Facebook page, continued: "at this stage I have made this informed decision from the information provided to me as a hospitality owner".
"There are many reasons people choose not to and while we in Inverell have been untouched by Delta I am aware that there is risks and am not ignorant to the fact that things may change," she said.
"But for the time being we will follow covid (sic) guidelines and are a COVID Safe venue and encourage people to feel safe coming to us."
Coming out of a successful reopening - "Saturday was like Christmas" - Mr Williams hopes things will stay just as good moving forward.
"I felt like I was getting ready for a game of football," he laughed.
Mr Williams said the reopening was "good timing" as if it'd gone on much longer "it would've started to hurt a bit".
Hurt hoped not to come with new set of freedom restrictions.
"We don't make the rules, but we have to support them. We have conditions of entry, and these health orders that may come out now and over the next six to eight weeks - they're also conditions of entry, and I just hope there are not many dramas," he said.
"Getting the vaccination is a personal choice. But just like 99 per cent are fine with masks and signing in, there are a few who don't want to do it.
"They are the rules that the government set, and with medical advice, and we have to abide by them."
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