Nightclub owners accuse WA government of double standards

Perth Nightclub owners accuse McGowan government of double standards after last night’s vaccination error AFLW Derby.

Health advice was changed at the last minute for nearly 6,000 fans, as struggling companies call for firm rules.

Thousands participated in the first round derby with vaccination passports ready.

Dockers' Jessica Lowe in action during the first round of an AFLW game between Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles at Fremantle Oval.
Dockers’ Jessica Lowe in action during the first round of an AFLW game between Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles at Fremantle Oval. (GT)

But it wasn’t needed, to the astonishment of many and the indignation of those doing the right thing.

Three days ago, the Dockers website was reminding fans over 16 to submit proof of double-dose vaccination.

But just before the gates opened, the chief health official ruled the game out of the order.

This is because it was a family-friendly seated outdoor event, with less alcohol consumption and limited group mingling.

Nightclub owner Chris Patton of the Butterfly Club described the move as “double standards.”

He says the decision to remove the vaccination manual for 5,500 fans was unfair, when his industry was affected by its introduction.

“Northbridge has been just a ghost town, the people who come out of it are confused and the legislation is not clear enough that you need to be a dual resident,” he said.

Shot by nightclub owner Chris Patton from the Butterfly Club "double standards".
Nightclub owner Chris Patton of the Butterfly Club described it as “double standards.” (nine)

“We reject one in four or three people because they’re not married and she kicks them out, and their entire friend group leaves.”

Infectious disease expert Clay Guledge said changing the rules could lead to a “loss of confidence in health advice”.

“Do we have one set of rules for an outdoor event like the Perth Cup and then a different set of rules for an outdoor event like the AFLW?” He said.

“There are still cases in the background, so things haven’t changed drastically, you either do it right or you don’t.”

A state government spokesperson told 9News: “The Perth Cup was a different event than the AFLW game and took place a week ago under various restrictions and when the Delta Backpacker outbreak was at an alarming stage.”

There was one new case linked to the Perth agglomeration today, a close contact who has been quarantined.

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