Mixed reaction over security

Mixed reaction over security

It was business as usual as city workers seemed unfazed by the heightened measures around them, including a 2.

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8-metre high fence that has been rolled out throughout the northern part of the CBD.

Workers walked about with little fuss, despite the added security guards and check points, as well as the squads of uniformed police around the city

Major roads into the CBD suffered no delays, with traffic apparently less heavy than normal.

While getting around the city has so far been hassle-free, employers are bracing for a more difficult time later in the week.

Various companies have beefed up their internal security measures and distributed safety advice to its staff.

In the lead-up to the summit, some businesses had also encouraged staff to take leave during APEC.

’Be aware and alert’

Energy Australia, which is located well away from the cordoned off areas of the city, has heightened its security and devised contingency plans should anything happen.

Other companies have advised its workers to stay away from work altogether.

Insurance giant IAG has told staff in its city and Pyrmont offices not to come to work this Thursday – a day earlier than the declared public holiday on September 7.

Workers have also been asked to alert security personnel of suspicious behaviour in and around IAG buildings.

Other businesses are shutting up shop completely.

A normally bustling venue, Opera Bar will be closed to the public from September 5 until the following Monday.

The bar is located on the lower concourse level of the Sydney Opera House and with unrivalled views of the harbour, it’s usually a popular place for after-work drinks.

But for most of the summit, it will only open for APEC-related functions.

The neighbouring Sidewalk Café has also shut its doors to the public and will only be serving Opera House staff.

Other businesses in Circular Quay will be operating as normal, but no one is pretending that the summit won’t have an impact.

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Dendy Cinemas located by the harbour, will be operating as normal, but they expect a drop in the number of cinema-goers throughout the week.

“We hope patrons who appreciate quality movies will still come along,” a spokesman from Dendy said.

“But we do expect that APEC will affect numbers.

“Unfortunately we can’t do anything to make it easier [for patrons] – it’s out of our hands,” he said.

But not everyone expects to do it tough.

Michael Nichols, who runs a fruit kiosk at Circular Quay, said it was business as usual.

"If anything I've had a few more customers than usual because they have been forced to walk past my kiosk, but it will be the afternoon that is the real test as I rely on tourist trade," he said.

"But I am also worried about doing my deliveries as that's going to be a real hassle with traffic alterations around Sydney."