Business NSW says confirmation that businesses will be able to re-open on Monday will be a cause for celebration within the business and broader community.

Following confirmation that NSW has reached the 70% double vaccination rate, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has re-assured businesses that they can open on Monday 11 October, for double-vaccinated customers.

“We have reached the milestone quicker than initially expected, thanks to the community across NSW stepping up, and as a result business can re-open,” said Business NSW Chief Executive Daniel Hunter.

“Premier Perrottet has also confirmed that when we reach the 80% milestone, masks won’t be required to be worn in office environments. That will have a huge impact on the return to work procedures of many businesses and will provide a big boost to the various CBD’s across the state,” Mr Hunter said.

“Next Monday is being called ‘back-to-business day’ because that’s what it is for hundreds of thousands of business owners and their employees across our state.

“This is going to be a celebration of everything that’s great about business, done in a Covid Safe way.

“We are encouraging people to use the hashtag #backtobusiness in their social media posts to share with us how they are going to celebrate on the day.

“Business owners may want to share what they’ve missed most and how they will re-engage with their customers. It might be through some re-opening specials, buy-one-get-one free offers, or simply decorating their stores and building that party atmosphere.

“We’d like customers to share how they’ll support their local business on Monday. Many people are already talking about ‘paying it forward’ so their local business can have some much-needed cashflow.

“The support we have seen so far for our local businesses has been overwhelming.

“The #backtobusiness campaign is about celebrating businesses of all shapes and sizes that have been decimated by the lockdowns – and showing the gratitude, strength and resilience of the community,” Mr Hunter said.

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