Stay in offices: employers

Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dougal McGowan. Photo: supplied
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dougal McGowan. Photo: supplied
If you work in an office, keep coming in because your local businesses need you to.

Virginia Nicholls. Photo: supplied
Virginia Nicholls. Photo: supplied
That is what the Otago Southland Employers’ Association is urging locals to do as businesses grapple with the country’s move to Alert Level 2 and Auckland’s Level 3 lockdown.

"Many businesses are still getting back on their feet after lockdown, and this is a considerable setback," association chief executive Virginia Nicholls said.

Many offices in Otago were already sending staff home to work, Mrs Nicholls said.

"... right now at Alert Level 2 we need these businesses to continue working from their offices - and supporting these local businesses including cafes and retailers."

Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dougal McGowan also had heard of offices sending people home to work.

It was vital people here got on to the tracing app and used it diligently, he said.

"That could be the difference between Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4.

"That’s going to mean the traceability is going to be a whole lot easier."

The lockdown of Aucklanders would trickle down negatively on the wider economy.

Queenstown Chamber of Commerce executive chairman Craig Douglas said the uncertainty of the Covid-19 cases in Auckland hit "our shores pretty quickly".

He had heard of "plenty" of cancellations by yesterday morning and expected Air New Zealand’s schedule to change drastically today.

He was concerned Queenstown businesses did not have the reserves to get them through another lockdown scenario.

"... there’s going to have to be something [in terms of further financial support].


Typical right wing thinking with regards to pandemic management strategy. "Let's try and keep making as much money now as possible, even if it means making the situation worse and losing lots more money over a more extended period later."

Sorry, gave up a long time ago going into central Dunedin. City Council created traffic jams - no parking, too difficult.


Jo, while I agree with the general thrust of your argument about needing to be a team ... you don't realise where ALL the government revenue comes from. It's from business, workers who pay tax and so forth. Do you not realise that about half of all "profit" ends up pretty quickly in the Government's pocket. So it is a win-win. A win for the business and a win for social programmes. Oh I forgot, it grows on trees, or pops out of the Government's money printing photocopier.

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