The founder of restaurant chain Rashays has hit back at Gladys Berejiklian’s COVID-19 roadmap to freedom by refusing to open until all patrons – both vaccinated and unvaccinated – are welcome. 

Rami Ykmour revealed that he will not be opening his NSW branches until December 1st, which is the date the Premier has promised that all residents will have the same freedoms, regardless of their vaccination status.

According to Ykmour, he doesn’t want workers at his NSW restaurants to face “arguments at the front door” from October 11th when vaccinated patrons can dine at restaurants.

“I’m happy small businesses can open up from October 11, including Rashays,” he said on TikTok.

“But unfortunately we’re taking a stance not to open up until December 1 because we are all about being inclusive.

“We are all about being inclusive. My staff have been trained for years to open everyone with open arms – I don’t want them facing arguments at the door about who can come in because of double vaccine passports.”


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December 1st – when the state is expected to reach 90% of full vaccinations – has been established as the date when ALL NSW citizens will be allowed out of lockdown, regardless of vaccination status.

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