The Berejiklian government’s sensible decision to safely wind back hotel quarantine will build much needed confidence in Australia’s reopening plans, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.
“This is a common sense, risked based move to pave the way for Australia to reopen, reunite and recover.
“Hotel quarantine has been crucial to keeping us safe but as the number of people protected grows of course we should get rid of the bottlenecks that stop Australians getting home and critical skilled workers getting into the country.
“NSW is yet again leading the nation with a plan to safely ease restrictions as more Australians are protected at home and more returning travellers are fully vaccinated.
“Vaccines dramatically reduce the risks of transmission and serious illness, so as we get closer to reaching our targets we have to lay the groundwork to reopen now.
“We urge all state and territory leaders to follow the NSW example, put the nation first and start planning to re-join the rest of the world.
“The longer we delay planning to reopen and reunite, the bigger the risk to our international reputation as a good place to do business, invest, visit and create jobs.”
Read the Business Council’s plan to reopen, reunite and recover here – Reopen, reunite and recover: a pathway out.