Sydney café's bold move to support unvaccinated customers

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A Sydney café has made the bold move to only remain open for takeaway until unvaccinated customers can dine inside too.

In a controversial move, the owner of Bare Wholefoods, posted an "open letter to the community" via Instagram, saying he wants “everyone to feel welcome” in this café, and "won't stand" for segregation.

"Right now the path out is unknown, but we do know one thing. We won’t stand for segregation. We are one, we are family!" Anthony Milotic wrote.

"I want everyone to feel welcome at all times and I will never put profit before people."

Bare Wholefood café's owner Anthony Milotic said he won't open until unvaccinated customers can dine in. Source: Instagram
Bare Wholefood café's owner Anthony Milotic said he won't open until unvaccinated customers can dine in. Source: Instagram

'Community in unity is what we need'

Mr Milotic wrote he is "choosing love, accepting differences and a community in unity is what we need right now."

"So we have chosen to continue to operate as takeaway only until everyone is free to dine in," he said.

"I want everyone to feel welcome at all times and I will never put profit before people.

“We will always value family and hope that you feel the same.”

Bare Wholefoods, which has cafés on the North Shore and the Northern Beaches, posted the letter last week, with hundreds of comments flooding the post.

The chain's store in St Leonards. Source: Google Maps
The chain's store in St Leonards. Source: Google Maps

While many comments supported the move, some users argued that choosing not to be vaccinated isn't segregation.

"Segregation is a term that used to describe separation from normal society a group of people that have inherent characteristics such as race or religion or sex. Being non-vaxxed is a decision, not an inherent characteristic," one user wrote.

"You insult all those people that have experienced true segregation for their whole life by suggesting that non-vaxxers are being segregated. 

"It's a couple of weeks at the most until they are free to do their own thing and it's to protect their own health. Seems like more of a publicity stunt than anything really meaningful."

Hospitality to reopen at 70 per cent fully vaccinated 

Hospitality and retail venues in Greater Sydney are able to open to fully vaccinated customers early next month when 70 per cent of the state is fully vaccinated, expected to be around October 11.

Some of the freedoms for vaccinated residents will include allowing household visitors, increasing outdoor gathering limits, reopening hospitality and retail venues, increasing capacity limits for weddings and funerals and reopening stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities.

Although some venues have said they are "open to all", Bare Wholefoods have vowed to remain closed until unvaccinated patrons can dine in as well. 

Others have confirmed they will be following the NSW Government's wish to only open to vaccinated customers.

On Sunday, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Government is "very close" to finalising its 80 per cent roadmap, which will also include what unvaccinated people will be able to do. 

Ms Berejiklian believes there will be "two to three weeks" between when the state hits 70 per cent and when it hits 80.

"NSW will be the first state that in all likelihood hits 80 per cent double dose, but there will also be a point in time after that where unvaccinated people will be able to participate in activities," the premier said.

"So that is the information we are providing this week to make very clear when those key milestones will occur."

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