Peter Gutwein must listen to community calls to get people back into work

Tasmanian Labor
  • Peter Gutwein slow to respond to calls to ease restrictions
  • Government must adopt Western Australian rules to get people back into jobs
  • WA rules based on public health advice
  • Peter Gutwein must listen to calls from across the community to ease restrictions and help Tasmanians back into jobs.

    Labor Leader Rebecca White said despite more than a month of no new COVID-19 cases, Tasmania still has some of the strictest social distancing restrictions in the country, which is impacting on businesses and jobs.

    “At the start of the pandemic, Labor called on Peter Gutwein to introduce tough restrictions in the hope that if Tasmania was the first to go into lockdown, we could be the first to come out of it and get people back into work,” Ms White said.

    “Yet despite more than a month of no new cases, Peter Gutwein has been slow to respond to calls to ease restrictions, even after more than 20,000 people have lost their jobs.

    “Labor is calling for the Premier to adopt the Western Australian rules that allow venues to accommodate one person per 2 square metres to help businesses recover.

    “These rules are backed by public health advice and are also being adopted by South Australia.

    “The Government must listen to the community and support Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package which is designed to get Tasmanians back into jobs, help those hardest hit by the pandemic and create a better, fairer and more resilient economy and society.”

    Rebecca White MP

    Labor Leader

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