A month after claiming a gong in the annual Eat.Taste.Central awards, the Tarras Country Cafe closed its doors today.
The move comes a day before the Government’s traffic light system takes effect.
An emotional post by owner Emily Todd announcing the closure was shared on the cafe’s social media page on Sunday.
“It’s taken me quite a few days to write this down, mainly because it makes me cry.”
The post said Thursday would be “my family’s last day at our cafe” and it would not open Friday.
“I cannot, and will not, run my business when I have to discriminate against who I can and can’t employ, and who I can and can’t let in my doors.”
On Tuesday, Mrs Todd reiterated her belief the traffic light system was discriminatory.
“I am only allowed to employ double-vaxed people and I am only allowed to let double-vaxed people in.”
That was not something she was prepared to comply with, she said.
Under Orange, when the new traffic light system comes into force, hospitality venues, such as cafes, bars, restaurants and nightclubs can open with no restrictions if they follow the rules for vaccine passes.
That meant only people with a pass were allowed to be there, whether they be staff or customers.
If a venue chose not to follow the pass requirements, it could open for contactless pick-up or delivery only.
Tarras Country Cafe was named an Eat.Taste.Central People’s Choice winner on October 30, taking the overall prize in the cafe category.
The closure also comes 12 days after the cafe announced on social media it was looking for full-time and part-time staff at front of house and in the kitchen.