12 September 2022

Scrapping COVID-19 framework the right way forward

Today’s decision to scrap the COVID-19 Protection Framework and removing the requirement for household contacts to isolate if they are not ill is the right decision to make.

“Relieving businesses of the burden of enforcing mask-wearing requirements and dealing with hostile behaviour from some will be a relief to many business owners and frontline staff,” says Leeann Watson, Chief Executive of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce.

“For two years, businesses have navigated the complex and rapidly changing rules that have at times been inconsistent and outright confusing.

“It is a signal that we are moving on and that the Government is ready to move on, which will renew a sense of trust and confidence within the business community.

“For the past six months, mandatory household contact self-isolation periods have significantly contributed to the ongoing staff shortage crisis and has put many businesses under significant pressure. 

“The Chamber has continuously lobbied the Government to reduce isolation periods and whilst the seven day isolation period for those who test positive remains, the loosening of restriction for household contacts is positive news.”

- ENDS -

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Leeann Watson, Chief Executive, 027 447 7775, [email protected]

The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber) is a not-for-profit membership-based service organisation that has been the home and voice of business in the Canterbury region since 1859. Comprised of over 2,600 member organisations that represent over 60,000 employees, The Chamber’s purpose is to empower people in business by providing advisory and consultancy support in employment relations, human resources, health and safety, international trade, manufacturing, migrant support, research and development grants, and training and development in many areas.