Iconic Pink Roadhouse ‘not refusing anyone service’ despite new vaccination rules for customers
By Sourced Externally
November 25, 2021
The famous Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadatta has introduced new rules for unvaccinated customers but maintains it will not refuse anyone service.
The Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadatta has introduced new restrictions
Only fully-vaccinated customers will be able to stay inside for a meal or drink
The roadhouse is a tourist destination and a lifeline for outback pastoralists
The outback South Australian pub, grocery store and service station is a lifeline for pastoralists with nowhere else to shop within 200 kilometres, and a magnet for tourists.
Owner Peter Moore said a new rule requiring unvaccinated people to vacate the building as soon as they had finished shopping had been generally well-received by locals in the region.
The rule meant unvaccinated customers would not be able to sit inside the iconic venue for a meal or a drink.
“If we have someone that comes in with COVID and infects one of our staff, that staff member then has to stand down and the next time that happens another staff member’s going to have to stand down, and we don’t have a line-up of staff,” Mr Moore said.
Regular customers known by roadhouse staff would have their vaccination status recorded so they only needed to show their certificate once.
Mr Moore said the roadhouse took its role in the region seriously.
“We do need to serve everyone because that’s part of our role as a supermarket, a post office, a service station et cetera.
“We don’t see it as restrictive because we’re not refusing anyone service in any way, shape or form.”
Tourists unlikely to put up a fight
Mr Moore said he was anticipating tourists to be compliant.
“We do expect a busier than normal summer … You’d almost say 95 per cent [of tourists] are very understanding, and so far we haven’t had any problem at all,” he said.
“We’ve said you can come, and you will be served accordingly but all you have to do is go outside.”