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Your views: on hospitality venue limits, Lib conservatives and democracy

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Today, readers comment on customer capacity restrictions, a Liberal lockdown backlash and emergency powers.

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Commenting on the story: Hospitality calls for help over post-lockdown customer limit

Why is that hospitality is the continual whipping boy for the Transition Committee?

It clearly seems they have a bias against that industry, the employer of so many people, particularly casual with little financial resources. The words of Mr. Marshall sound as if he’s doing us all a favour. Some favour – a paltry $3,000.

They have absolutely nil empathy nor understanding of the hardship they place hotel owners in with the 25 per cent capacity rule, and the totally unjustified no standup drinking rule. Were not all the people infected at The Greek on Halifax and the winery Barrel Room all seated?

This from predominantly unelected people who have not lost a cent from Covid and whom have never run a business or employed anyone. It’s a disgrace. – John Lewis

Commenting on the story: Liberal conservatives line up to slam ‘draconian’ Marshall

The delicious irony of “What we’re talking about here is detaining people who have committed no crime”.

Seems it’s just fine to lock people up on Manus Island for years for seeking asylum, but not as a health protection step for two weeks. – David Pressley

Right-wing Liberals’ belief in individual rights over collective responsibility is not an ideology for our time. Good on Marshall and Spurrier for the quick and sharp lockdown.

Tough I understand for businesses, especially hospitality, but this is the best way. Look at the debacle in NSW. – Deb Moulton

The conservative Liberals are either stupid or reckless, or both.  I have this morning written directly to the Premier to thank him for his quick thinking and decisive action when Covid strikes in SA. 

It is why we are able to enjoy life much more fully in SA than in other states, especially NSW where Gladys has sought to please everyone all the time and cannot make a decision to save her (political) life. I have urged the Premier to keep up the good work and hopefully be rewarded by the voters at the next election. – Don Cole

Commenting on the opinion piece: Democracy must not become a pandemic victim

Thank you Morry Bailes for a very thoughtful and provocative piece on the role of our overlords during the COVID crisis. 

It was probably a mile too far to assert South Australians have been imprisoned in their homes, as I do not believe sentenced persons have the luxury of daily exercise outside the walls and the freedom of a quick buy up at the supermarket.

More empathy is needed for those in the roles of pulling the levers and greater recognition of the challenging calibration of decision making that impacts the broader health, wealth and stealth of a society. In this case, going hard and fast seems to have paid dividends in comparison to the New Welsh of the East. – Michael McCabe

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