Sumary of Live: NSW Now: Business chamber asks for early lockdown release:
- Business NSW pleads for construction restartConstruction businesses in Sydney’s lockdown zone are lobbying to be let out early, for the economy.
- Business NSW chief executive Daniel Hunter said construction workers should be allowed back on sites on Monday July 26, four days before the city is scheduled to leave lockdown.
- “It is estimated the construction industry closedown is going to cost the NSW economy between $800 million and $1 billion a week, in addition to the wider lockdown making this a $2 billion per week problem for businesses,” Mr Hunter said.
- “By announcing a re-opening date of next Monday, it will give those businesses without a proper COVID Safe plan time to develop one.
- Yesterday evening a crisis cabinet meeting imposed stay-at-home orders for Orange, Blayney, and the Cabonne Shire Council after a COVID-19 positive truck driver visited the region last Friday and Saturday.
- Profits slump for regionals due to Sydney crisisTourism groups in Far West NSW say visitor numbers have slumped with Sydney’s COVID crisis, which highlights their reliance on the east coast for business.
- Chair of the Menindee Regional Tourism Association Rob Gregory said visitor numbers had dropped to their lowest level in a year.