Sisters Inked and Freestyle Tattoo Studio staff feel pressure to return to work as support ends | Canberra Times

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Some small business owners are concerned about a potential coronavirus spread as the ACT opens, with tattoo artists among those worried. Sisters Inked and Freestyle Tattoo Studio employees have decided not to return to work this week unless they receive a double vaccination. Without proof of vaccine requirements in the ACT, the concern was that customers wouldn’t do the same. Studio manager Melissa Bottega said many of the young workforce felt pressured to return as government support was about to end. “We’ve all had a lot of talk around, ‘Am I arriving earlier than I feel comfortable going back because I have to be paid?’ Ms Bottega said. support will be reduced the week after the ACT reaches 80 percent vaccine coverage and ends two weeks after this milestone. Almost 80 percent of the ACT population aged 16 and over received two doses of coronavirus vaccine Sunday. Ms Bottega said that vaccine coverage will become more widespread. He said he would very much like the business to be shut down for another month until he is due to arrive. Bottega said, “You can’t get a tattoo without close contact with people.” “While we can guarantee we’re all vaccinated and, as a tattoo business, we’re super clean, we don’t even have the right to ask our customers if they’ve been vaccinated. , we trust our customers. To protect our safety.” Prime Minister Andrew Barr said 99 percent of eligible ACT residents aged 12 and over will be double-vaccinated by the end of November. This will coincide with the final phase of the region’s four-phase non-quarantine roadmap, with Density requirements reduced to one person per two square metres. Along with the reopening of food courts and nightclubs, and fewer restrictions on interstate and overseas travel, as of Friday, hairdressers, beauty salons and other personal services, as well as tattoo studios, are allowed Bottega to open up to a maximum of five clients at a time. Since the reopening last year, the rules have changed, which allows businesses to have one client per four square meters. Ms. Bottega said with the two-month tattoo they struggle to get new clients for a while to rebook appointments. That’s why 12 people get tattooed from 10 am would do,” he said. “However, there were two people on the Sisters who had their reservations tattooed on Friday, as they were the only two to show up at the time of the vaccine event.” Phil Lewis, professor of economics at the University of Canberra, said businesses like tattoo parlors will see themselves as particularly vulnerable due to the nature of their business, but there is a more general problem facing businesses in the service sector, including cafes, restaurants, bars and retail. “Being in contact with unvaccinated customers not only has risks to the health of staff, but also financial risks for businesses struggling to survive,” said Prof Lewis. “If someone gets infected, it will inevitably mean business closure, with many costs to pay with loss of revenue, albeit temporary. “Retail service businesses operate on very small profit margins even in good times, so the effects of COVID shutdowns will be crippling for many businesses.” Prof. Lewis said most businesses would be willing to open up after a long lockdown, but businesses would suffer if the coronavirus spreads through customer or staff contacts. “Businesses that fail to exclude the unvaccinated are likely to lose their jobs from the vaccinated.” Prof Lewis said vaccination passports can help solve this problem by providing information about the safety of a business to both staff and customers. He said there might be an issue with the execution, but he doesn’t expect incompatibility to be a big deal in the ACT. Prof Lewis said: “Given the strong compliance observed to date with Covid restrictions and the high degree of willingness to be vaccinated, I think it is unlikely that this will be widespread in Canberra.” Said. Given how much effort the vast majority go through to get vaccinated, I think most people shouldn’t risk the rest of the people who don’t get vaccinated.” Our journalists work hard to bring local, up-to-date news to the community. You can continue to access our trusted content by:


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