24 Aug 2020

Covid-19: Business association wants 'Level 1.5'

From Morning Report, 8:43 am on 24 August 2020

The Takapuna Beach Business Association is calling for a new Alert Level 1.5, which they argue could allow Auckland businesses to get back on their feet sooner.

Their chief executive Terence Harpur says dropping to Alert Level 2 poses crippling barriers for businesses already hit hard by Alert Level 3.

Data shows businesses in the coastal suburb have seen spending plummet more than 64 percent recently, with hospitality and accommodation particularly hard hit.

Harpur says a Level 1.5 could relax physical distancing and work from home requirements to get patrons back supporting businesses.

He speaks to Corin Dann.