The state government is set to announce support for businesses impacted by the state’s latest lockdown, but business groups are already warning it falls short.
Businesses have been crying out for help after the southeast was plunged into a snap lockdown on Saturday afternoon.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles flagged on Saturday that some kind of package would be announced on Sunday, but it wasn’t forthcoming.
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Newscorp reports that support will be unveiled today with eligible businesses to be offered one-off payments of $5000.
The payment will be available for businesses with an annual turnover of more than $75,000 and have a payroll of less than $10 million.
It’s understood it will be offered to businesses across the state even those not in lockdown areas.
Business groups warn the $5000 doesn’t go far enough with most businesses estimated to lose between $15,000 and $65,000 over the three-day lockdown.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland had been calling for payments of up to $25,000.
“We know even a three-day lockdown can significantly impact a businesses’ ability to recover, if at all. “These businesses are financially and emotionally exhausted,” CCIQ Policy and Advocacy General Manager Amanda Rohan said.
“Further, while some businesses are not locked down, they’re locked out of key markets needed to keep trading and keep their businesses viable. The financial and the emotional impact of lockdowns can reach far beyond those areas forced to close.
“We’re saying to the state, you need to step in to help small businesses in Queensland who are impacted by the hotspot lockdowns and allow them to have some certainty that they will be supported by this.”
Workers impacted by the lockdown are already eligible for Commonwealth disaster payments of up to $750 for those who have lost more than 20 hours of work.
People who lose between eight and 20 hours of work will be eligible for $450.