There is still no plan for Victorian jobs and no plan to open many small businesses that are the engine room of our economy.
Indoor retail and the fitness industry which employ thousands of people remain closed and many hospitality venues will not open with only 20 fully vaccinated patrons allowed indoors regardless of the size of venue.
Across the border, retail, fitness and hospitality venues are all open with appropriate density limits at 70 per cent double vaccination making Victoria again the poor cousin to New South Wales.
Recent September job figures show 123,000 jobs have been lost in Victoria and 90 per cent of the job market loss has come from Daniel Andrews’ locked down state.
Keeping these small businesses closed will only continue to add the state’s job losses, with many of these operators unlikely to recover.
It’s clear the Premier is more interested in running a popularity contest rather than adhering to the health advice, when you can now have 10 people over to your house but no one inside a retail store or a gym.
This is despite these businesses having QR codes, COVID-safe plans and only accepting vaccinated customers. These rules simply don’t make sense.
Instead of suffocating small business with endless restrictions, only the Liberal Nationals have a positive plan to reopen, rebuild, and recover to get our businesses back open sooner.
As stated by Shadow Minister for Small Business, David Southwick:
“Every day lost from small business closures is another day that jobs are lost and Victoria is left further behind.
“The only way we are going to restart our economy is to let small businesses open and instead of Daniel Andrews making decisions based on polling advice, he needs to treat people equally based on health advice.
“The Andrews Labor Government has turned their backs on small business and we desperately need a plan to recover from world record lockdowns and return our great state to what it once was.”