Businesses respond to NSW roadmap

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The NSW business lobby has largely applauded the government's roadmap out of the COVID-19 lockdown, with the prospect that many will be opening their doors next month.

The NSW government released its plan on Thursday for businesses in the hospitality, retail and fitness industries to reopen from the first Monday after NSW reaches the 70 per cent 'double dose' vaccination milestone - expected in mid-October.

Under the 'roadmap' hospitality venues including restaurants, pubs, cafes, clubs and shops will be able to trade with restrictions, so too will indoor recreation facilities and gyms, with classes limited to 20 people.

"This roadmap is what the business community has been crying out for and I thank the NSW government for providing the path forward," Business NSW's Daniel Hunter said.

"Although we have all been through a very tough time, NSW is now leading the way in vaccinations, learning to live with COVID and reopening for business," he said.

"Some certainty for businesses will be a massive boost."

The Australian Hotels Association NSW also welcomed the news.

"This is great news for pubs, our staff and our patrons," AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said.

"We've all had enough of existing like this. Let's get vaccinated and get our lives back."

There has been disappointment though from some sectors.

A limit of 50 guests will be allowed at funerals and weddings, with guests only able to eat and drink while seated.

Restaurant & Catering Australia CEO Wes Lambert said the "harsh restrictions" will hurt wedding venues.

"While R&CA warmly welcomes today's announcement that will genuinely reopen restaurants and cafes across the state with uncapped patrons both indoors and outdoors - to leave our sector on two different speeds just continues to hurt businesses," he said.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said businesses would continue to receive support as the state re-opens.

"We are conscious of the fact that as we ease restrictions, many businesses will still have impediments to their work," he said.

"We just recently waived payroll tax for this financial quarter for all businesses with a payroll of less than $10 million. That will provide extra cashflow for those businesses."

Under the roadmap, domestic travel, including trips to regional NSW, will also be allowed.

That will see caravan parks and camping grounds reopen soon after the 70 per cent 'double dose' milestone is reached.

"This is good news for our industry overall, including accommodation operators, staff, and the wider community," Tourism Accommodation Australia National CEO Michael Johnson said.

Employers must allow staff to continue to work from home if they can, while masks will remain mandatory for all public indoor venues.

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