The National Retail Association is urging the Queensland Government to take a 'light touch' approach to businesses during the current COVID outbreak, once the initial lockdown period ends.
The lockdown comes as Queensland works to control the spread of a COVID outbreak, with three positive cases confirmed this morning.
Amid speculation that the greater Brisbane closure may last longer than the initial three days, the NRA has urged the state government to implement a sensible approach to managing businesses.
NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said throughout busy trading periods, Queensland retailers have shown that they can operate in a COVID-safe way and should be allowed to do so, once the snap lockdown ends.
"Our message to the Government is that retailers can safely manage the risks associated with COVID-19, and they should be allowed to get back to business once the three-day lockdown is complete.
"Of all the major COVID hotspots that Queensland has seen, none of them has been linked to a retail store.
"Throughout the early phase of the pandemic 12 months ago, and in all the time since – including the busy Christmas and Boxing Day period – Queensland retailers have shown that they can safely manage the situation.
"They have followed the rules about customer limits in stores, they have enforced social distancing, and they have implemented hygiene measures appropriate to their business type.
"While we understand the need for the initial closure, to give contract tracers a chance to catch up, we also need to balance that with the need to protect businesses and jobs.
"Queensland retailers have shown they can do both.
"So we’re urging the Government not to extend the lockdown, and instead trust our retailers to do the right thing while they get on with their work," she said.