Over the last two months, we've been working hard to ensure that Canberra businesses are represented in discussions of financial support, restrictions and the pathway out of lockdown.
We welcome the ACT government decision to bring forward changes to retail operations and travel rules after hitting 80% full vaccination targets.
Changes to travel rules in regional NSW and the ACT last week meant that the restrictions on Canberra retailers were unworkable and unfair. In response Chamber CEO Graham Catt was active in the media over the weekend, conducting interviews with ABC TV News, ABC national and local radio, and the Canberra Times. ACT records another 33 COVID-19 cases, as differing cross-border restrictions leave retailers frustratedSouth Coast open but COVID changes a 'bitter pill' for Canberra businesses
Graham Catt's comment on the first weekend of eased retail restrictions
On Friday afternoon, queues were seen outside stores such as IKEA and Bunnings as people took the opportunity to shop in person for the first time in 10 weeks.
Canberra Business Chamber chief executive Graham Catt said it had been a mostly positive first day for businesses across the capital.
"There's a huge sense of positivity out there - everyone we're talking to is buzzing, everyone's excited," Mr Catt said.
Mr Catt said they were focussing on encouraging Canberrans to support local businesses, but he said even that effort may not be enough for some.
"Unfortunately, the reality is that for some people, [it's] a bittersweet day... for some people the upshot of the lockdown over the last eight or nine weeks has been a hard decision that they may not be in a position to continue," he said.Full news article - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-23/act-records-24-new-cases-of-covid-19/100561064
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