Following the easing of restrictions in other states around Australia, the Canberra Liberals are calling on the ACT Labor-Greens Government to support local businesses and show the same compassion by lifting restrictions in line with health advice.
Canberra Liberals Leader Elizabeth Lee said the ACT has been largely reactive when it comes to easing restrictions that would benefit many businesses across the ACT that are doing it very tough at the moment.
“Earlier today we saw both the Victorian and New South Wales Governments ease restrictions, including no density limits in hospitality venues and dancing once again allowed in pubs and clubs,” Ms Lee said.
“It appears these governments understand how tough businesses are doing it at the moment and how important easing these restrictions are when safe to do so.
“Surely the health advice across the states and territories should not differ so much that businesses in the ACT are forced to comply with density limits in stark contrast to those just across the border.
“Throughout the pandemic this Labor-Greens Government has continually failed our business community and if these restrictions continue whilst other states and territories are moving forward, it will be a huge slap on the face to local businesses that have done it so tough.”
Shadow Minister for Business Leanne Castley said she has been contacted by numerous businesses who have had to close down or are on the verge of shutting their doors for good.
“It is very bleak at the moment for so many of our local businesses and they are screaming out for a plan and a way forward which this Labor-Greens Government has failed to provide.
“Easing restrictions in line with other states and territories regarding density limits and allowing dancing will have such a positive impact for so many of our local businesses,” Ms Castley concluded.