REGIONAL businesses are tired of the ongoing impact of statewide lockdowns despite a lack of cases in regional areas for months on end.
The Victorian Regional Chamber Alliance, which includes Business Horsham, have expressed the frustrations of joint local businesses and support networks after another statewide lockdown.
They argue that a more nuanced approach should be taken when shutting down areas and regions. While a one-size-fits-all approach may have been necessary at the beginning of the virus, a total shut-down cannot be the answer at this stage of the pandemic.
"Our businesses are at crisis point, and we now need to start investigating other ways in which to deal with this situation moving forward," Business Horsham ambassador Stacey Taig said.
Member for Lowan Emma Kealy said she had asked the state government to release the data and modelling underpinning its latest restrictions in regional Victoria.
"When businesses across our region have suffered immeasurably and the mental health of Victorians, particularly children, has been put on the line, the government needs to be more transparent about the basis for its decisions," she said.
Ms Kealy said there were significant inconsistencies in the restrictions. She believed regional Victoria should return to COVID-normal, given no active cases or exposure sites in this area for weeks.
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"Meanwhile, the heavy restrictions on community sport limiting spectators at open air football and netball games will leave many of our country clubs struggling to pay their bills."
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