COVID Restrictions Ending August 2023
The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce welcomes the
removal of all remaining COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Government
Chief Executive, Leeann Watson says “The removal of remaining
restrictions, particularly the seven-day mandatory isolation period which no
longer makes sense, has been something The Chamber has long advocated for.”
“The length of isolation requirements has been disruptive,
and exacerbated workforce pressures at the same time as businesses are dealing
with historic labour market shortages, inflationary pressure and rising
interest rates, and softening demand.
“The impacts have been felt most by sectors like
manufacturing, construction, retail, and hospitality where staff can’t work
“The removal of the seven-day isolation period puts us back
in line with the rest of the world and will mean businesses can use common
sense and knowledge of their own operations to implement policies around
mask-wearing, working from home, and sick leave.
“Questions remain about whether the changes announced today
will also mean the end of the COVID leave support scheme. The Chamber will continue
to support members through this and encourages businesses to get in touch for
advice updating any COVID and sickness policies accordingly.
For more information contact:
Leeann Watson | Chief Executive, Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce
Email: [email protected], Mobile: 027 447 7775