NSW lockdown

Peak industry group the National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the unveiling of the New South Wales reopening roadmap.

Under the proposed reopening plan outlined today by the New South Wales Government, once 70 per cent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated a raft of restrictions will be lifted for those who have received both doses.

NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said that easing restrictions in October would be great for the state’s retailers and industry was keen to engage with the government to ensure there’s clarity as to how New South Wales would begin to reopen.

“Retailers welcome today’s announcement by the state government and we look forward to working with them to ensure that there’s a smooth transition out of lockdown,” Ms Lamb said.

“Issues such as mandatory vaccinations for workers, enforcing customer vaccination certification, and ensuring businesses have enough lead time before opening up all need clarification.”

“The one message New South Wales retailers have for the state’s residents is simple – keep rolling your sleeves up and get vaccinated.

“We need Australia’s largest state open as soon as possible in time for the Christmas trade period. That’s why it’s important the New South Wales public continue getting vaccinated at the incredible rate they have.”

During the 2020 Christmas trade period – the second-half of November and all of December – New South Wales retail recorded $17.4 billion in sales.

“The 2020 Christmas period was worth more than $17 billion to New South Wales retail. The importance of the festive season to our members cannot be overstated,” Ms Lamb said.

“Retailers across the state have endured a horrible last few months. Without a bumper festive harvest, many will simply not survive come 2022.

“In the meantime, we urge all Australians yet to be fully vaccinated to make every effort to do so. “