WATCH LIVE: Gladys Berejiklian press conference today with NSW Health’s COVID-19 update after deadly day
Federal COVID-19 financial support measures for businesses in NSW will be phased out towards the end of October.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will provide a COVID-19 update at 11 a.m. Thursday. You can watch the press conference LIVE in the video player BELOW.
Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg signaled the cut a day after announcing that the Commonwealth would stop COVID-19 disaster payments for people who have lost their jobs due to the lockdown when states reach 80% double immunization coverage.
Business support measures will start to wane once NSW reaches 70% double-dose vaccination coverage – expected next week – before stopping completely at 80%, which is slated for late October.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said NSW will continue to support businesses as needed.
“The reduction in the program will ensure that we continue to support businesses as we move from response to recovery, providing much needed support as we focus on reopening,” he said Thursday.
“The NSW Government Roadmap has laid out a clear plan to get back to life as we know it and, ultimately, this will help give businesses the confidence to open up.
“Sydney and NSW are going to bounce back, we have done it before and we will do it again.”
New South Wales COVID Update
Some 863 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases were diagnosed statewide on Tuesday, along with a record 15 deaths.
Fully vaccinated people will be able to visit retirement homes from October 11.
A series of other restrictions are also expected to be lifted on October 11, with fully vaccinated people able to dine out, go to the gym and have five visitors to their homes.
Meanwhile, the town of Oberon has been closed for a week with the stay-at-home order applicable to anyone who has stayed in the local government area from September 20.
NSW Police have said they will not check vaccination passports, and Health Minister Brad Hazzard said on Tuesday companies would not be punished for violators.
The PM denied that this meant no one would enforce the restrictions, arguing that individuals and businesses were pressured to do the right thing.
“For a large room with hundreds of people, we would expect a member of staff to check this as people come in. For very small rooms, that wait is less,” he said. she declared.
Opposition Leader Chris Minns said companies were still confused about their obligations once the lockdown was lifted.
“We want Freedom Day to work, but it requires clarity when it comes to these important posts,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
“I don’t think it’s fair to ask small and medium-sized businesses to catch up as they go along.”