With COVID-19 restrictions beginning to ease, the Central Highlands Regional Council is urging local business owners to seek guidance from the Queensland Government about compliance and exemptions.
Mayor Kerry Hayes said while local government would be working with public health units to develop plans for the state’s staged roadmap to recovery, Queensland Health was still the lead agency.
‘Stage two of the easing of restrictions came into effect earlier this month, which has been great news for a number of our local businesses,’ Mayor Hayes said.
‘Come mid-July we should see the rules relaxed further as stage three of the roadmap is rolled out.
‘We know this brings with it a lot of questions for our business owners, and we have already been fielding some enquiries about what is and isn’t allowed.
‘While we are always more than happy to help, I remind people that at this point in time the best contact is Queensland Health – particularly when it comes to questions about exemptions. For their assistance, just give them a call on 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
‘As we work through the roadmap with our local public health unit and gain a better understanding of our role, we will update the community and provide all the necessary support we can.’
Mayor Hayes urged business owners to make use of the helpful resources on the state government’s dedicated COVID-19 website, including checklists for re-opening and health and safety guidelines.
Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) Chief Executive Officer Sandra Hobbs also reminded business and industry operators that it is available to assist in sourcing information and support.
‘Please contact CHDC if you have questions, require support or just need to chat during this difficult time,’ she said.
‘Our team is readily available via (07) 4982 4386 or firstname.lastname@example.org.’
Mayor Hayes said CHDC and council are also continuing to advocate for our business, industry and community as the region navigates COVID-19 and the resulting economic impacts.
‘This includes participating in the Queensland Government’s development of a Central Queensland regional economic recovery strategy,’ he said.
‘We look forward to cooperatively building sound economic recovery strategies for the Central Highlands.’