Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce President Martin Hall said Gold Coast business owners had been crying out for the borders to be reopened because the economy had a significant reliance on tourism, hospitality, and retail trade.Mr Hall said the State Government's decision to restrict travel to and from Victoria was sensible considering the recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne.
"The Gold Coast economy has been one of the worst hit in Australia with businesses in the region reporting massive declines in revenue because of the COVID-19 crisis."The announcement of the July 10 reopening of the border provides businesses with clarity about the timelines in the future and will allow businesses to start preparing for a return to somewhat better conditions.
"Managers can now start developing their plans with suppliers, employers and customersThe Chamber's joint CCIQ Gold Coast Pulse Survey Report found three quarters (75%) of the business owners and operators surveyed reported weaker turnover during the March quarter.
"More than one half of respondents experienced a fall in turnover of more than 50 per cent and many Gold Coast businesses were forced to close their doors," said Mr Hall."The Chamber believes the State Government did a magnificent job handling the health crisis but has not controlled the economic crisis nearly as well.
"It's decision to announce a reopening of the borders shows it is starting to listen to business concerns."
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