'Won't be happening': Brisbane cafe owner vows to defy Covid orders

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A Queensland cafe owner is determined to defy the state's Covid rules, vowing to still serve unvaccinated patrons despite mandates being introduced next month.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Tuesday that Queensland is introducing a public health order that hospitality businesses can only open to fully vaccinated customers from December 17.

However, Mr Phillip Di Bella says despite the public health order he will continue to serve everyone, saying his Brisbane based cafe "won't discriminate."

Philip Di Bella says he will still serve unvaccinated customers.  Source: Facebook
Philip Di Bella says he will still serve unvaccinated customers. Source: Facebook

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"This is about mandating something that takes away freedoms of people that don’t comply," Mr Di Bella said in a video posted online.

“Won’t be happening in my venue, I can assure you.

“The Coffee Commune will not discriminate. You want to be vaccinated, you be vaccinated. You don’t, you don’t. You take the health precautions you need for yourself.”

'Taking away human right': Di Bella

Mr Di Bella continued saying that anyone who supports the mandates has "rocks in their head".

"If you support them mandating something like this — that you have your human rights taken away on where you can eat, where you can drink, where you can associate, where you can go based on whether you're vaccinated or not — then you've got rocks in your head and this country has gone mad," he said in the video.

Ms Palaszczuk was asked about Di Bella’s comments on Wednesday but didn't respond directly.

Mr Di Bella released a statement on Wednesday, saying that many venues feel as though they have to "accept" the new rules to keep their businesses afloat.

"It's my personal opinion that this is simply another huge blow for these businesses and an unprecedented overreach by the government," he said in the written statement.

"Business owners are the ones who have the right to accept who can enter their business. Because they are the ones who carry the financial and personal risks of operating their business. 

"Again, business owners shouldn't be discriminated against for their choice.

"This is not about vaccines, this is an issue of businesses being dictated to and not knowing where it will end. Allow people to make their own choices," he concluded his statement.

Unvaccinated to be excluded from new freedoms

People who aren't fully vaccinated will be barred from hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres, cinemas and stadiums in Queensland after December 17.

People who aren't vaccinated after the easing of restrictions will be barred from hospitals, aged care and disability care facilities, except in emergency or end of life situations

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