Liberals push for tailored approach to reopening local economy

The Leader of the Canberra Liberals Alistair Coe has welcomed the reopening of Canberra cafés and restaurants to patrons, but says there should be a more tailored approach to reopening our local economy when safe to do so.

“We can’t continue to take a one size fits all approach when it comes to bringing our economy back into business,” Mr Coe said.

“Canberra boasts a diverse range of cafes and restaurants with varying operational capacity. This diversity has to be factored in to safely reopening Canberra’s dining scene and getting more Canberrans back into jobs.

“Diversity will be key to rebuilding our local economy.

“We can work directly with café and restaurant owners and other vendors to help them and their employees create a safe dining experience for the community,” Mr Coe said.

The Canberra Liberals Leader has put forward common sense suggestions to help the hospitality industry safely open to more patrons.

“Larger venues that can reasonably and safely admit more than 10 patrons should be permitted to do that with adequate social distancing restrictions in force,” Mr Coe said.

“For example, restaurants with multiple dining areas could reasonably and safely serve more than 10 patrons across separate dining rooms.

“Venues with a single but large dining area could spaciously separate tables and chairs, and provide table service only. The government could require temperature checks and hygiene officers to remain on site.

“There are many reasonable and safe options to reopening cafés and restaurants to more patrons,” Mr Coe said.

The Canberra Liberals Leader stands ready to work the ACT Government to reopen Canberra.