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Informer: Excitement with a side of confusion on the menu

The Bunnings sausage sandwich is back. Photo: Supplied
The Bunnings sausage sandwich is back. Photo: Supplied

When I visit a restaurant, I like to Google the menu beforehand so that I know what I am in for.

But when NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet served up his altered NSW Roadmap to Reopening, none of us knew what to expect - even those in the business community.

However, businesses across NSW are doing some rip-roaring trade right now - and good on them!

After more than 100 days under strict stay-at-home orders it's nice to see small business owners, in particular, smiling again.

But businesses are also struggling with some of the finer details of the reopening plan - not to mention reports of retail staff having to deal with people who refuse to show proof of vaccination.

And in some areas unvaccinated people could go to the shops on Sunday but couldn't visit that same store on Monday.

Up in Singleton in northern NSW a licensee and one of his staff copped $1000 fines after a police check revealed they were not fully-vaxxed.

Teething issues abound, but for the most part I think people are just glad to be out and about, and bringing in an income again.

Some extra good news for NSW folk to chew on is that the Bunnings sausage sizzle is back!

I know a lot of people couldn't care less, but the power of that beef sausage on a piece of bread with a slather of sauce (and maybe some onion) cannot be denied.

And there is no doubt it has been missed - especially by my tradie mates.

Queensland is taking full advantage of the pulling power of the Bunnings sausage by allowing people to get the COVID-19 jab at Bunnings stores in a bid to boost uptake.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the government was finding new ways to bring protection to the state's population and vaccine clinics will begin at Bunnings retailers this weekend.

"Families can get their Bunnings sausage and a dose of vaccine," the Premier told parliament on Tuesday.

South Australia has opted to establish pop-up vaccine clinics at schools instead.

The state is also making arrangements for double-vaccinated people to travel to SA for the festive season, but some could face testing and/or be required to isolate.

Down in Victoria Coronavirus cases were on the decline for a third consecutive day (1466 today).

The state's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said he was "cautiously optimistic" given the consistent drop.

If travelling to Tassie was on your 2022 travel menu, there are some new vouchers available for interstate visitors.

There's no doubt exciting times are being plated up for all of us, but we might have to stomach some confusion in order to enjoy the main course.

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