Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Victorians disagree with the state government speeding up the freedoms of the roadmap, with companies claiming health authorities are too conservative with their reopening steps.

During the recent easing of the restrictions from kl. 23:59 on Thursday, up to 20 people will be allowed indoors at pubs, clubs and entertainment venues.

All Victorians are also allowed to visit up to 10 people, including relatives in their homes.

Despite the increase in density limits for hospitality sites and the allowance of household visitors, restrictions on retail have not changed.

Retail businesses will only be able to reopen when the state reaches 80 percent vaccination for all Victorians over the age of 16.

Australian Industry Groups Tim Piper said it was the wrong decision to link the return of retail to 80 per cent. Vaccination milestone.

“It causes business great dismay. It seems that the 80 percent vaccination rate that we are pursuing is a bit like a life buoy,” Piper said.

“We’re going into Christmas. It’s a really important time for business, it’s a particularly important time for retailers. Every day is important for businesses.”

Piper said the government should consider past freedoms for companies in lockdown.

Business owners disappointed with the update of the roadmap

The Chapel Street Precinct Association’s Matt Lanigan said many of the measures announced Sunday were “at best tokenist”.

“It’s great to have some hope in society, but there’s also a lot of confusion among the various industries,” Lanigan said.

He said many retailers were “frustrated and angry” at their inability to open and said small businesses in Melbourne had been ignored in the decision-making process.

“To be honest, the language coming out of the government has been shameful,” he said.

“It’s divisive every time there’s a press conference. It’s like, ‘You can do this, and you can’t do this.’ But you have nothing to say. The business consultation is non-existent.”

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The Chapel Street Precinct Association’s Matt Lanigan says the government has lost the trust of businesses by not engaging industry leaders.(ABC News)

Fit With Her trainer Marni Nicole said the final round of lockdown easing was more symbolic than useful for her business.

“This initial easing of restrictions does not make much of a difference to us at all,” she said.

“Other than saying that if these restrictions are eased faster, then crossing fingers for the next party, it will ease faster. That’s really all it means to us that there is nothing tangible.”

Like retail, gyms are also meant to remain closed until Victoria reaches 80 percent vaccination.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said that while the government was trying to loosen restrictions as much as possible, some companies were too much of a COVID risk to open.

“We’ve tried to be in balance, we’ve tried to be as fair as possible,” Andrews said.

The health system increases the increased workload

The Australian branch of the Nursing and Midwifery Association, Victoria Fitzpatrick, said the healthcare sector was concerned about the impact that easing restrictions would have on the hospital system.

“I think people are very anxious about starting a shift and seeing the influx of patients coming,” Fitzpatrick said.

The fast-track schedule will bring liberties four days faster than originally stated, with household visitor allowances and increased capacity at hospitality sites added to the 70 percent milestone.

“We still want Victorians to be very careful, people over there need to be double-vaccinated,” she said.

“With every freedom comes responsibility, and we still will not see people unvaccinated and unnecessarily end up in our emergency departments.”

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Professor Catherine Bennett believes the government is taking a balanced approach to easing lockdown.(ABC News: Peter Drought)

Epidemiologist Catherine Bennett said that while there were risks of opening up, the lifting of restrictions was necessary for the state to move forward.

“I always thought we should navigate the road down the middle. Sometimes you have to take those steps to know where you’re going,” Professor Bennett said.

“Allowing people to enter the home is a big step. But so far we see it playing out in New South Wales, we see it very closely.

“So I think it’s balanced, but at the same time, we’re constantly looking at how we’re progressing.”

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said health authorities had tried their hardest to balance health and safety with financial concerns.

“I never come out of these recommendations with a sense that there is absolute clarity that it is absolutely right,” Professor Sutton said.

“But I think we have always tried to tread a path that balances the competing issues.”

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