Solomon Lew (L) has called for the unvaccinated to be banned from shopping centres. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
AGAIN, HOW ARE UNVACCINATED AUSTRALIANS A THREAT TO VACCINATED AUSTRALIANS IF THE COVID-19 JABS WORK????????
The boss of one of Australia’s largest retailers has called on shopping centre owners and governments to mandate temperature checks and ban unvaccinated people from entering shopping centres.
Billionaire and Premier Investments chairman Solomon Lew said when Sydney and Melbourne exit lockdowns customers entering shopping centres should be temperature checked and have to show proof of vaccination.
“It’s our strong preference that the government mandates that all persons entering a mall be vaccinated and temperature checked as well,” Mr Lew said.
“It has to be controlled at the point of entry.”
Premier Investments is one of the country’s largest retailers and runs almost 900 stores across seven different brands, including Smiggle, Jacqui E, Jay Jays, Peter Alexander, Dotti, Just Jeans and Portmans.
Mr Lew said it should not be up to store staff to tell people that they are not allowed to enter because of their vaccination status.
“I don’t want to be in a situation where we’re saying to somebody, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t let you into the store’, then we have a security problem and they king-hit one of my people,” he said.
Mr Lew maintained that by ensuring everyone inside shopping centres had received the jab, staff and customers would not only be protected but shoppers would enjoy a smoother shopping experience without having to check-in at every shop.
“Once they’re in the mall and checked at the point of entry there are no issues for stores – otherwise every store will have to have marshalls … and it’s going to be very inconvenient,” he said.
“The centre owners have an absolute responsibility to ensure that the venue is not only safe for the entire family shopping experience but to ensure that our retail staff have nothing to fear by trying to earn a living working in retail stores,” he said.
The Premier Investments boss also warned that shopping centres could risk losing business if shoppers were worried about coming into contact with people who were unvaccinated.
Mr Lew’s comments come as Sydney and Melbourne eye the end of lockdown and the reopening of shopping centres when 70 per cent double dose vaccination is reached.
In New South Wales and Victoria, the 70 per cent double dose vaccination mark is expected to be reached in the coming weeks and a relaxation on restrictions to follow.