Melbourne cafe Blacksheep targeted with anti-vax graffiti after enforcing government rules

Jack PaynterNCA NewsWire
Blacksheep cafe in South Kingsville, in Melbourne’s west, vandalised with anti-vaxxer graffiti. Instagram/blacksheep_3015
Camera IconBlacksheep cafe in South Kingsville, in Melbourne’s west, vandalised with anti-vaxxer graffiti. Instagram/blacksheep_3015 Credit: Supplied

A Melbourne cafe has been vandalised with anti-vax graffiti during the first weekend back for seated dining after a gruelling sixth coronavirus lockdown.

Staff at Blacksheep cafe in South Kingsville, in Melbourne inner west, arrived at work on Monday morning to find the anti-vax message scrawled on the front wall of the building in bright orange letters.

The graffiti read “discrimination is not OK” in an apparent dig at the cafe enforcing mandatory government Covid rules that stop unvaccinated customers from dining in cafes and restaurants.

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Camera IconAnti-vax graffiti on the Blacksheep cafe in South Kingsville obscured by table. NCA NewsWire / Andrew Henshaw Credit: News Corp Australia

The owners of the cafe posted the disturbing act on their Instagram page.

“So this is what we get for following government guidelines and just doing our jobs,” they wrote.

Since Melbourne’s sixth lockdown was lifted on Friday, only fully vaccinated patrons have been allow dine in at restaurants, bars and pubs across the state.

Unvaccinated customers have been forced to settle for takeaway only and Premier Daniel Andrews has warned those rules could remain in place until “well and truly into 2022”.

Under the health directives, staff at venues have been responsible for following the rules and checking customers vaccine certificates.

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Camera IconMelburnians returned to hospitality venues on the first weekend out of Covid lockdown. NCA NewsWire / David Geraghty Credit: News Corp Australia

“For example, the Grand Prix is in April, I don’t think there will be crowds at the Grand Prix made up of people who have not been double dosed,” Mr Andrews said last week.

“Please don’t play the game of ‘let’s just wait this out and then we will be able to do everything we want to do’, no that will not be the case. It will be a very long wait.”

Health Minister Martin Foley said “graffiti doesn’t work against the virus” when asked on Monday about businesses being targeted for enforcing the government’s health directives.

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Camera IconVictorian Health Minister Martin Foley said graffiti doesn’t work against the virus. NCA NewsWire / David Geraghty Credit: News Corp Australia

Dozens of customers came to the cafe’s aid with some even offering to help them remove the graffiti.

“This sucks big time. Can I help with a paint brush,” one person wrote.

Another said they couldn’t wait to dine in at Blacksheep and show their vax certificate.

“Our coffee has kept me going during lockdown. Sorry you had to experience this,” one follower wrote.

“Some people just have no idea. So sorry they have taken it out on you guys,” another said.

Victoria’s Covid rules are set to ease again at 6pm on Friday but unvaccinated people will still be locked out of hospitality venues.

Originally published as Melbourne cafe Blacksheep targeted with anti-vax graffiti after enforcing government rules

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