Midnight last night (Friday 15 May) heralded the start of Stage One restrictions being eased. The Federal Government has outlined a three step framework to a COVID-safe Australia which is essentially a plan for how we will work towards reopening business and the economy and, at midnight last night we entered Stage One as outlined by the Qld Premier.
We have once again included the chart which explains all three stages that will be rolled out, together with an explanation of the restrictions that will remain in place and the timeline for each of the stages.
We have also include information on two upcoming webinars that business should attend if they can. One is a Business Round Table that will see Kim McCosker from 4 Ingredients chat to three of our Sunshine Coast Business Awards Winners from last year. We will hear how their businesses are going during this time and how they are readying themselves as we start to ease restrictions.
Ted O'Brien, Federal Member for Fairfax is requesting feedback from business owners and as usual we have also included updates from both councils.
Stage One Restrictions
From 11.59pm, Friday May 15, the following is allowed:
- Gatherings of a maximum of 10 people together in a public space
- Dining in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSLs and cafes for a maximum of 10 patrons at one time as part of a gradual re-opening (no bars or gaming)
- Recreational travel of a radius of up to 150km from your home for day trips
- Some beauty therapies and nail salons for up to 10 people at one time
- Reopening of libraries. playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms (a maximum of 10 at one time)
- Wedding guests increased to 10 people and funeral attendance increased to 20 (30 outdoors)
- Open homes and auctions with a maximum of 10 people at one time;
- Re-opening public pools and lagoons (eg South Bank, Cairns, Airlie Beach) with a maximum of 10 people at a time or greater numbers with an approved plan
Stage Two, will become effective on 11.59pm, Friday June 12 will allow for:
- Gatherings at homes with a maximum of 20 visitors
- Dining-in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, cafes and RSLs for up to 20 patrons at a time and an option for more with an approved COVID-safe plan
- Holiday travel within your region.
Ted O'Brien, Federal Member for Fairfax is seeking your feedback
As restrictions are lifted and people get back to work, it's important for me to understand the challenges faced by local businesses so the Federal Government can remain responsive.
I am seeking the views of business owners and operators on the Sunshine Coast through a business survey, which only takes a few minutes, and can be accessed below.
Grant Funding Success in a COVID-19 Environment FREE WEBINAR
Are you a local Sunshine Coast or Noosa business or community group which is looking to secure government funding?
RDASC is hosting a free Webinar, Grant Funding Success in a COVID-19 Environment, via Zoom on Thursday, May 28th from 12:00-1pm.
This FREE webinar is ideal for any NGO, SME’s, not-for-profit organisations and community groups interested in finding out more about grant funding that is currently available, Covid-19 Grant changes, how you can prepare for future grants funding, what funding exists and how you can use it to support your organisation.
Sunshine Coast Business Round Table
A great opportunity to hear from some of our 2019 Sunshine Coast Business Award winners seven months on amidst a pandemic with unprecedented disruption.
It's more important than ever to know that you are not in this crisis alone.
This special event webinar reflects what's needed most right now: courage, hope, resilience and energy. It will be different to the many other virtual events popping up with expert advice & opinions on business matters. The purpose of this event is simply to lift you up and share stories.
Kim McCosker from 4 Ingredients will be our webinar host asking your questions. There will be a live Q&A chat with a panel representing the difference experiences of COVID-19 restrictions.
You will meet:
- Peter Kuruvita (Noosa Beach House) who has gone from Business of the Year to 'closed for business' in hospitality;
- Naomi Elliott (Concept Labs Australia) where manufacturing, particularly hand sanitizer has gone through the roof alongside rapid staff growth, and
- Deb Caruso (In Noosa Magazine) who is juggling kids at home and working with clients and local businesses to provide digital updates to keep customers engaged when your main business is in hibernation.
Registration is FREE. To join this one hour of great conversation and inspiration register via the link below.
Government assistance is available to help your business withstand the impact of the coronavirus and encourage an economic recovery into the future.
The temporary assistance measures include:
- a wage subsidy to help you retain employees
- help to manage cash flow
- a wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees
- a safety net for companies facing financial distress
- a time-limited asset investment incentive
- and credit and loans