13 April 2022

Orange a boost for business ahead of long weekend

Canterbury’s hospitality and retail sectors will be breathing a small sigh of relief today with the longanticipated easing of COVID-19 restrictions, after the announcement of an announcement earlier this month.

“Restrictions imposed as a result of the red setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework have been disproportionately affecting patron-based businesses, with very little financial support available, for nearly three months,” says Leeann Watson, Chief Executive of Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce.

“We were told that the traffic light system would change when we progressed onto the other side of the peak and it’s pleasing to see this has actually happened with the shift to orange this evening, in time for the long weekend.

“The big issue not addressed today was when we are likely to see self-isolation times for household contacts being reduced or removed.

“Labour shortages caused by mandatory self-isolation rules are still a significant issue for business that needs to be addressed. We would like the government to communicate when, under what conditions, further changes to self-isolation times will occur.

“It is important to point out that this is just one action of a long list that is required to alleviate the significant pressure that businesses are currently facing.

“Now that we are progressing through COVID-19, let’s focus on workforce supply issues, out of control inflation, and a continued flow of anti-business policies such as mandatory union-driven collective bargaining.”


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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.