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Security guards sent to Mullumbimby, Byron Bay post offices as customers shun masks, check-ins

“We now have a security officer at our Mullumbimby and Byron Bay post offices to assist customers in understanding their public health obligations, and we ask for the community’s co-operation in ensuring the health and safety of staff and customers,” the spokesman said.

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While security guards have not been employed at other stores, Australia Post’s decision underscores the challenge facing essential businesses in the retail sector, including supermarkets, as they balance staying open with health demands from staff.

NSW Police Minister David Elliott urged retailers to put security guards on doors to enforce the use of QR codes earlier this month, citing the number of supermarkets listed as coronavirus exposure locations, before backing down and emphasising the health orders.

“As we’ve said all along, as we’ve said to the supermarkets this week, the health orders are clear you’ve got an obligation to be reasonable when it comes to making sure people comply,” Mr Elliott said.

Some supermarkets have chosen to hire security guards.

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