Retailers welcome removal of mandatory Covid isolation requirements

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) said the removal of mandatory Covid isolation requirements mark a significant and welcome shift in the way we live with the virus.

“The ultimate goal has always been for Covid to be treated just like any other virus and that people should be responsible for their own health – if you’re sick, stay at home, but if you’re well, you should be free to go about your business. We’re pleased that National Cabinet has agreed to that outcome today, which marks a significant and welcome shift in our country’s approach to living with Covid,” ARA CEO Paul Zahra said.

“With high vaccination rates, high levels of immunity and the availability of Covid treatments, the timing is right.

“Mandatory Covid isolations have contributed to the severe labour shortages across the economy, and in particular for retail, which has over 46,000 job vacancies. Today’s decision will be a welcome relief for businesses who’ve been unable to trade at their full potential due to staff absences.“We also acknowledge the decision to cease the pandemic leave disaster payments from October 14. While it’s been an important safety net for workers with no access to sick, schemes like this can’t last forever, and it’s appropriate to have a wind-up date in line with the removal of mandatory isolations.”


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