CCIWA Chief Economist
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA) welcomes the State Government’s decision to further ease COVID-19 restrictions from 29 April.
This is a major step forward and will put WA businesses in the box seat to lead and cement our economic recovery.
Masks will no longer be compulsory in everyday business settings, which will ease constraints on workers attending work in-person, and patronage in retail precincts and commercial centres.
The 2 square meter rule, the G2G travel requirement, and the burden upon businesses to police the vaccination status of patrons and customers, have been abolished in a major fillip for events and hospitality businesses.
Close contact rules will reflect the national approach, enabling those who do not have COVID to continue to participate in the workforce. This is critical at a time of continued worker shortages.
The rolling back of restrictions confirms the significant distance WA has come in enabling our businesses to freely and safely operate.
WA must now leverage its success against COVID to diversify our economy. To this end there is no more critical task than re-engaging with international investors and other stakeholders, a task that CCIWA looks forward to working closely with the State Government on in coming months.