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So NSW has a new Premier – what does that mean for the event industry?
Dominic Perrottet is known for being pro-business and is keen to get the state opened up again. He has even been called “Let it rip Dom”. But will this be good for the state and our industry? Only time will tell.
When this current outbreak surfaced in Bondi back in June, the then premier was being encouraged not to shut down by both Morrison and Perrottet. And we are now experiencing the fallout of that delay. But might it have happened anyhow? We will never know.
So, since being announced premier he has been keen to put his own mark on the situation by announcing some changes to the “roadmap” that have in fact caused some confusion. Hopefully that will be sorted quickly.
Personally I’m excited to be getting back to events, although I’m not seeing any upturn in my photography business until November.
On the other hand I am concerned that NSW might be opening up too quickly and so is AMA (NSW) president Dr Danielle McMullen.
She says the AMA’s greatest concern was the “scope and breadth” of changes before the existing roadmap was implemented.
“Some of the announcements were a bit premature to change. We really were quite confident in the original roadmap that it was a steady and stable way out of lockdown. We certainly don’t want to see a situation where NSW is two steps forward, one step back. And we need a bit of steadiness along the way to be able to pause and reflect with each reopening and see what happens with COVID cases, what happens with our strain on the hospital systems, so the changes yesterday were certainly broader and sooner than we would have liked to see.”
So here is what is changing on Monday
Since Dominic Perrottet took over as premier there have been a few minor tweaks to the NSW restrictions roadmap. All roadmap freedoms at 70% and 80% will continue to be for fully vaccinated people only. Currently the density limit at both 70% and 80% is one person per 4 sqm
Here is the update for 70% – effective next Monday
Gary Fitz-Roy is excited about NSW reopening
Like many I have been conflicted with the change in premier for NSW but I give him credit to step up and be prepared to make changes to move things going.
The Hospitality Industry as a whole had to do a double take on NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s recent roadmap to freedom announcement as we come out of lockdown next Monday, October 11.
The SMH points out that the Service NSW vaccine passport is not ready for Monday
Last month, Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello conceded the integrated passport app would not be ready when the state reopens, but a two-week pilot program with up to 500 people in regional NSW would commence on October 6.
However, a Service NSW spokesperson on Thursday said that, while the pilot had started, it was only “being tested internally, primarily amongst Service NSW staff”.
Smart Company have some advice for small businesses that are reopening
With the NSW Premier promising more guidance on things like vaccine passports and QR codes within the next few days, businesses are still facing some uncertainty with mere days to go.
As re-opening day draws closer, what can businesses do over the weekend to make sure they’re prepared for Monday morning?
How Australia’s leading event rigging company has been smashed by COVID restrictions
Before the pandemic, T.J. “Tiny” Good employed 80 people at his company Showtech, providing rigging and lighting for shows by international touring acts, ballet, opera and even high school musicals.
Now there are eight of the crew left, no one can say when they or the rest of the events sector will return to work, and federal income support and business payments will be gone within weeks.
The hardest bit first. Who are we? We all do things that inform, provoke, and make people feel. We help to change their perception of something. Sounds ‘lofty’, but it is true.
Other articles we published this week
On Monday (11 October) Mel Novak, Small Business Engagement Manager at Beyond Blue will share key details on the program for small business owners experiencing challenges via an online webinar presentation during National Mental Health Month.
Peter Jones looks at the associations issue and starts by declaring his interests. I am a member of MEA, VTIC and a long suffering Demon’s supporter. It’s a very good question and one that has been discussed regularly but always dependent on one’s belief of what it expects from being a member.
After extensive consultation with the Industry, and in the face of ongoing travel restrictions and uncertainty, the Event Awards decided to turn October into a month-long, online celebration of their entrants, finalists and winners.
The Covid pandemic has had a profound impact on everyone in Victoria over the last 18 months. It has taken a huge toll on people, organisations and communities. Communities are disconnected. Organisations are struggling with the biggest changes they have ever faced while also having their teams and stakeholders apart.
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