The expected lifting of additional restrictions on Tasmania’s North West Coast is welcome, but small business must receive help to return to work.
Shadow Minister for Small Business Anita Dow said while the move will provide some relief to small businesses in the region, it must be managed properly.
“The effective lockdown in the North West region has left many small businesses struggling to survive,” Ms Dow said.
“The expected lifting of restrictions at 11.59 pm on Sunday and reopening of businesses on Monday will provide immediate relief as well as hope for better times to come as more restrictions are eased.
“And, the government’s decision to take on board Labor’s call for additional support for small business through the Small Business Emergency Support Grant program and the Small Business Hardship program will also help.
“But we need to remember that this is not ‘business-as-usual’. Social distancing requirements remain and other restrictions will remain in place, at least for now.
“Many of the businesses and services reopening on Monday will need help to implement these requirements, in compliance with national guidelines.”
Shadow Minister for Workplace Relations Michelle O’Byrne said the government must ensure there are enough WorkSafe Tasmania staff available to assist with that.
“The Premier has talked about COVID-ready plans for small business when statewide restrictions are eased, but the affected businesses in the North West are coming out of more stringent restrictions and they also need to be COVID-ready,” Ms O’Byrne said.
“It is the government’s obligation to ensure all necessary resources are available to enable a smooth transition and give owners, staff and customers all the support they need to resume services in the North West community.
“These business owners, their employees and families deserve our thanks for the sacrifices they have made to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities. They should receive all the help they need now to get back on their feet.”
Anita Dow MP
Shadow Minister for Small Business
Michele O’Byrne MP
Shadow Minister for Workplace Relations