“When One Can’t Sit We All Stand.” Some WA Cafes Are Shifting To Takeaway Only To Help People Avoid Mandates
Earlier this week the Western Australian government’s new proof of vaccination requirements for those aged 16 and over came into effect, encompassing a raft of new venues, including bottleshops, gyms and play centres.
In the process it made WA’s proof of vaccination requirements some of the strictest in the country, and some venues and cafes around the State are pushing back.
On Monday KNEAD Bread & Coffee in Scarborough and West Coffee Co in Margaret River and Fremantle both announced they’ll shifting to takeaway only for the indefinite future.
“No matter what your stance is we believe we are all in this together and because of that we have chosen to eliminate anything that could create division or cause anyone to feel pushed out. Our door is open for EVERYONE!” KNEAD announced via social media.
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“No matter what your stance is we believe we are all in this together and because of that we have chosen to eliminate anything that could create division or cause anyone to feel pushed out. Our door is open for EVERYONE!” said West Coffee Co. via Instagram, before adding: “WE WILL STAND TOGETHER.”
Charlies BBQ in Currambine followed suit the next day, stating: “In regards to the mandate, starting tomorrow we have decided to go Takeaway only for the time being with hopes that this won’t be permanent. We have thought long and hard over this decision and we are not comfortable partaking in segregation. We will provide tables outside this way we will not need to check your vaccination status or discriminate against anyone and just as importantly will be keeping our staff and customers as safe as possible.”
Most recently Mandurah’s Groundswell drive through cafe announced they will be doing the same: “After much deliberation we have come to the conclusion that we can’t in good conscience discriminate based on race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or even if you drink decaf (caffeination status). So for now, everyone is welcome to come into our café for take away or drivethru. We are looking forward to the day when we can all sit down together.”
Hidden Specialty Coffee Kelmscott has taken a similar stance, while The Australian Brewhouse in Port Coogee announced they would be closing their doors for good following the introduction of the mandates, although appeared to backtrack on its permanency in a since-deleted Facebook post.
Some groups are creating lists of venues to boycott for simply following the letter of the law (and making sure they avoid up to $50,000 in fines), which we think is fair to say is incredibly harmful to an industry already facing its toughest test since the beginning of the pandemic.
Indeed, getting out and supporting your local hospitality venue is as important now than it ever has been.