As a nation, we are facing an unprecedented challenge that is truly devastating for small businesses, many workers and families.
The measures being put in place in Tasmania and around Australia will have a severe impact and we must all support each other.
The fight against COVID-19 and the safety of Tasmanians is our priority.
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SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES
It's important people and businesses know where to go to get help. The state government will continue to work with business and industry to provide advice, through peak organisations and directly.
There are significant packages of support being provided by both the Tasmanian and Australian governments, with cash payments, tax breaks and interest free loans to support businesses affected.
SUPPORT FOR WORKERS
It's very sad that thousands of Tasmanians will be affected by the safety measures.
Affected workers will be supported with cash payments, increased jobseeker payments and the ability to access their superannuation early to assist during periods of unemployment relating to COVID-19.
- For information about support from the Australian Government, visit www.treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households
- Hotel staff can find more information at www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-hotels-and-hotel-staff
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES
Many cafes and restaurants are staying open, offering takeaways and delivery.
That said, everyone must still adhere to the social distancing instructions that are in place while doing this. And we need to be sensible about the way we go about our lives.
We're still seeing ridiculous panic buying at supermarkets and stores. It's not just wrong, it's completely unnecessary.
There is enough for everyone as long as we keep our heads as our food producers can feed a population three times our size.
So please be considerate and kind.
There's a long road ahead for all of us, but Tasmanians are strong, resilient and generous, and we will get through this together.
- For more information or advice on COVID-19, visit www.health.tas.gov.au/coronavirus
- Michael Ferguson, State Growth Minister
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