ORGANISERS of popular food and music showcase TumbaFest have announced that next year's event will proceed under a 'no vax, no entry' policy.
The TumbaFest committee has released a statement confirming their intention to protect "the health and safety of the Tumbarumba community" refusing entry to unvaccinated patrons.
The statement was released on the same day that the NSW Premier announced the state will reopen to vaccinated and non-vaccinated residents on December 1.
TumbaFest committee president Andrew Rae said that providing a safe environment for all in attendance is of the "utmost importance".
"We have taken the decision to include the no vaccination no entry policy in consideration of fans, performers, suppliers, volunteers, businesses, market stallholders, our committee and our community," Mr Rae said in the statement.
"We want to ensure we are providing a safe environment for those working and attending the festival."
The decision to adopt a 'no vax, no entry' policy has divided followers of the TumbaFest Facebook page, with some describing it as a form of discrimination.
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"What a disgraceful decision for our beautiful town of Tumbarumba," one commenter said.
Another said: "As a local business who has had stalls and was planning to again it's very disappointing."
However, others agreed with the committee's move to decline access to those unvaccinated, calling it a responsible decision.
"Do people realise that if an outbreak occurs in places like Tumbarumba there are inadequate facilities to cope, it's not being divisive it's being sensible and caring about their community should the worst happens," one commenter said.
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