Eurobodalla businesses welcome ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ in NSW reopening roadmap

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The NSW Government unveiled the details of its “roadmap to freedom” last week, giving the community across the state some indication of life after lockdown. Batemans Bay Business Chamber president and Mat Hatcher said the roadmap was a “light at the end of the tunnel” for businesses who have struggled through the lockdown. “Having a bit of clarity around a reopening date, having something to aim for, is going to start lighting the fire, to allow these businesses to get ready for that day,” he said. READ MORE: NSW roadmap rules for regional areas explained The roadmap to reopen relies heavily on the state meeting its proposed double vaccination target of 70 per cent. Only fully vaccinated people and those with medical exemptions will have access to the freedoms laid out in the plan. Mr Hatcher said while some business owners may be hesitant to talk about vaccination requirements, it was important to start those conversations now. READ MORE: Day for it: NSW picnic rules come into place “In the end, it’s all about how we can support the entire community to get back on its feet as quickly as possible,” he said. “The quicker we can get to that 70 and 80 per cent, the quicker we get the Sydney and Canberra traffic moving back through this region supporting the businesses, the better the overall benefit. “It’s not a business by business decision, it’s a state government decision to mandate vaccines for people to open up.” READ MORE: Kangaroo Valley cop Todd Cremer burpeed his way to $30,000 fundraising effort for ALIVE Project In Mogo, Grumpy and Sweetheart cafe co-owner Dani Kidd said she and partner Andrew were working on their plan to reopen fully, having done reduced hours and takeaway for the duration of the lockdown. “Our regulars and staff have been dying to get back in here, but it will be hard for sure having to kind of “police” people coming in,” she said. “I know there’s going to be people who will be very upset about not being able to come in because they’re not fully vaccinated.” READ MORE: Proof of COVID-19 vaccine needed to enjoy new freedoms But, Ms Kidd said it was a small trade off for some normality. “We’ve got 12 staff on our books and all of them have had their first dose and are waiting to get their second,” she said. “We plan to open back to seven days straight away so we’ll have to make sure everyone’s vaccinated to make that happen.” As for business support, the COVID-19 disaster payment has helped many continue to receive an income during lockdown. Mr Hatcher said any businesses who hadn’t received support should reach out to their local chamber for assistance. “[Chambers] have very good relationships with the local state and federal government offices and we’re happy to go into fight for you, because the reality is, the money is really just sitting there in a bucket, and they want to give it out,” he said. “So if you know your business needs it and you’re not getting the help you need to keep your doors open, then reach out to us and we’ll see what we can do to help.”

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Eurobodalla businesses welcome ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ in NSW reopening roadmap

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The NSW Government unveiled the details of its “roadmap to freedom” last week, giving the community across the state some indication of life after lockdown. …

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian unveils details for the state’s reopening after lockdown.

The NSW Government unveiled the details of its “roadmap to freedom” last week, giving the community across the state some indication of life after lockdown.

Batemans Bay Business Chamber president and Mat Hatcher said the roadmap was a “light at the end of the tunnel” for businesses who have struggled through the lockdown.

“Having a bit of clarity around a reopening date, having something to aim for, is going to start lighting the fire, to allow these businesses to get ready for that day,” he said.

The roadmap to reopen relies heavily on the state meeting its proposed double vaccination target of 70 per cent.

Only fully vaccinated people and those with medical exemptions will have access to the freedoms laid out in the plan.

Mr Hatcher said while some business owners may be hesitant to talk about vaccination requirements, it was important to start those conversations now.

WHERE TO NEXT: The government has made it clear high vaccination rates will be key to reopening. Photo: File.

WHERE TO NEXT: The government has made it clear high vaccination rates will be key to reopening. Photo: File.

“In the end, it’s all about how we can support the entire community to get back on its feet as quickly as possible,” he said.

“The quicker we can get to that 70 and 80 per cent, the quicker we get the Sydney and Canberra traffic moving back through this region supporting the businesses, the better the overall benefit.

“It’s not a business by business decision, it’s a state government decision to mandate vaccines for people to open up.”

In Mogo, Grumpy and Sweetheart cafe co-owner Dani Kidd said she and partner Andrew were working on their plan to reopen fully, having done reduced hours and takeaway for the duration of the lockdown.

“Our regulars and staff have been dying to get back in here, but it will be hard for sure having to kind of “police” people coming in,” she said.

“I know there’s going to be people who will be very upset about not being able to come in because they’re not fully vaccinated.”

OPEN FOR TAKEAWAY: Cafe owners Dani and Andrew Kidd look forward to welcoming customers back to their shop when restrictions ease. Photo: Grumpy and Sweetheart's.

OPEN FOR TAKEAWAY: Cafe owners Dani and Andrew Kidd look forward to welcoming customers back to their shop when restrictions ease. Photo: Grumpy and Sweetheart’s.

But, Ms Kidd said it was a small trade off for some normality.

“We’ve got 12 staff on our books and all of them have had their first dose and are waiting to get their second,” she said.

“We plan to open back to seven days straight away so we’ll have to make sure everyone’s vaccinated to make that happen.”

Mr Hatcher said any businesses who hadn’t received support should reach out to their local chamber for assistance.

“[Chambers] have very good relationships with the local state and federal government offices and we’re happy to go into fight for you, because the reality is, the money is really just sitting there in a bucket, and they want to give it out,” he said.

“So if you know your business needs it and you’re not getting the help you need to keep your doors open, then reach out to us and we’ll see what we can do to help.”

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