Business NSW says the re-opening of NSW to the entire community will give business owners a much-needed boost in the countdown to Christmas.

15 December 2021

From today, a number of restrictions and requirements have eased, with customers able to enter premises irrespective of their vaccination status.

“This is the early Christmas present business owners and their employees have been waiting for,” said Business NSW Chief Executive Daniel Hunter.

“A recent survey conducted by Business NSW found that 32 per cent of businesses, and 43 per cent of businesses in the visitor economy, stated their biggest challenge was ongoing restrictions related to COVID-19,” Mr Hunter said.

“49 per cent of businesses wanted to see further relaxation of COVID-safe rules such as mask requirements and square metre restrictions, and 43 per cent saw reopening borders as highest priority, so they have their wish.

“NSW is only able to do this because of the way the entire community embraced the vaccination push with more than 93 per cent of eligible people now double dosed, and many now eligible for their booster shot.

“Staff at businesses can get back to doing what they do best, and that is providing outstanding customer service, rather than having to check the vaccination status of those that entire their premises.

“What is important now is that people use common sense when out shopping, especially in the lead up to Christmas where shops are busy, and patience is easily lost.

“Be respectful of staff and fellow shoppers and if a particular store is packed upon entry, it is best to return when not as busy, ensuring the health and safety of staff and fellow shoppers,” Mr Hunter said.

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