Club Auburn CEO Neill Hendry says it is very much a case of wait and see.
“All our staff are vaccinated and it will be mandatory for all of our customers too,” he said.
“The concern is that Premier Gladys Berejiklian hasn’t made any commitment to the ‘hot spot’ LGAs and whether our re-opening will depend on the number of residents infected.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the numbers will start to flatten in Cumberland and that life can get back to the new normal.”
Berala Kebabs owner Nev Aslan, who has been fortunate enough to have remained open for takeaways throughout the lockdown, says he has been encouraging every customer to get vaccinated.
“Most of them have and my staff have too,” he said.
“I also don’t have more than two people in the shop at any one time just to help maintain social distancing and to keep us all as safe as possible.
“When lockdown lifts it will be more important than ever for everyone to get vaccinated; I say to my customers, ‘you vaccinate your babies, now go and vaccinate yourself’, as it is the only way through this nightmare which is destroying lives and livelihoods.
“However, my business partner and son Jason and I have been very lucky being able to remain open, although business is very slow.”
Thrilled at the prospect of re-opening, Dolly of Dolly’s Bootcamp is adamant that all staff and all clients are fully vaccinated when that day comes.
“We can’t wait, to be honest, and everyone fully understands and supports the measures the Premier is putting in place to keep us safe,” she said.
Auburn’s International Barber Salon owners Jessica and Gokmen Tanak are also looking forward to re-opening after 10 weeks in lockdown.
“The time off has given Gokmen the opportunity to look at more creative ways to do things and brush up on his techniques but we really can’t wait to open our doors again,” Jessica said.
“We will all be fully vaccinated and customers will need to be too; we’re just waiting to see the next guidelines.”