Gold Coast MP sympathises with businesses begging for comeback date

A Gold Coast MP says she understands that local businesses want an end date to coronavirus restrictions, but says these things cannot be rushed.

Many cafes, bars and tourism operators are hoping for a better idea of when they can begin getting back to normal, after the Premier hinted it could be sooner than expected.

Annastacia Palascczuk said yesterday she’ll be looking at cafes and restaurant restrictions next, after announcing that schools would be going back next week. 


“I can’t say whether it’s early June or late June, but I’m going to have those discussions,” the Premier said.

“But as Dr Young says, we’ve got to take these things a couple of weeks at a time, we can’t do it all at once.

“We’ve got to take a couple of steps, see how it goes, which is what we’re doing with schools.

“Then of course the next step will be those cafes and restaurants I think,” she said.

Though the tease has caused a strong reaction from local businesses, who are now calling for an exact date to mark in the calendar.

Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon told myGC she can appreciate the frustration, but the government is moving as carefully as possible.

“We of course understand that people want businesses to open, but we need to make sure that we’re doing things in the best interest of Queenslanders’ health and safety and so we’ll continue to work with the community and our health experts on that, and of course the national cabinet as well.

“We need to be really careful that we don’t go too hard too early, and end up with a spike here in Queensland or in Australia.

“So we have taken a really measured, and sensible approach to lifting restrictions,”Ms Scanlon said.

Related article: Queensland students to begin staged return to class next week


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