Victorian Restrictions removal welcomed but more to be done

The Australian Industry Group has welcomed the Victorian Government’s decision today to remove some COVID restrictions and allow Victorians to return to a more normal way of life.

However, Ai Group has called on the government to move more quickly in determining the return to work policy and the removal of masks in offices.

“There is no reason to go slow on making these policy decisions. Let business know now that a return to work change will be made next week and help them to prepare,” Tim Piper, the Victorian Head of peak employer association Ai Group said today.

“There is no obvious reason to prolong these decisions. We need people back in offices across the state, and especially returning to the CBD and re-energising businesses.

“We welcome the decision to remove workplace record keeping obligations and the mandatory surveillance testing that will no longer be required.

“In addition, the removal of density quotients for events will enable that sector to once again be working at a higher capacity,” Mr Piper said.

“The changes will give industry a boost of confidence and enable planning to be done for the near future,” he said.

“It’s also important that we encourage everybody to return to their workplace and offices, at least in a hybrid arrangement, in the very near future. That’s a vital role that Government can play and the leadership we hope to see,” Mr Piper said.

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