Struggling businesses on Sydney’s Northern Beaches that were forced to shut for three weeks during Christmas coronavirus lockdown are offered just $5,000 compensation
- Sydney’s Northern Beaches endured three-week lockdown from Dec 20 – Jan 10
- Small non-essential businesses were forced to close during the lockdown
- Almost a month since lockdown ended, businesses are still struggling
- Treasurer and NSW Government announced grant system for struggling shops
Struggling businesses still reeling from three-week lockdown of Sydney’s northern beaches during the Covid-19 outbreak will receive barely any government help.
Non-essential businesses that were forced to close from December 20 and are still in trouble almost a month after lockdown ended on January 10.
Losing three weeks of trade over one of the busiest times of year was an enormous blow to small businesses, many of which went under or are barely hanging on.
But NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced on Thursday that grants of just $3,000 to $5,000 would be offered to affected operators.
An empty Manly corso is seen on December 23 during the Northern Beaches lockdown
A Covid-19 digital sign is seen on Manly beachfront on December 19 following an outbreak
‘The northern beaches community and businesses did an outstanding job in helping control the spread of the virus at a critical time and unfortunately that had a material impact on many businesses,’ he said.
‘After almost 12 months we continue to battle the impacts of Covid, both in a health sense but also from an economic perspective.
‘That is why we are providing targeted and temporary financial assistance to those impacted by the recent lockdown.’
Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope then introduced the funding grant for eligible businesses.
‘We know some businesses have been hit harder than others, which is why we are taking a tiered approach to these grants,’ he said.
‘The first tier of $3,000 is for small businesses that have suffered at least a 30 per cent decline in turnover due to the northern beaches lockdown.
A general view of an empty Manly Wharf on December 21 during lockdown
Empty streets were seen in the Northern Beaches after the government ordered lockdown to stop the spread of Covid-19
‘The second tier of $5,000 is for small businesses that have suffered at least a 50 per cent decline in turnover.’
The government will also do more to promote local attractions, help businesses understand their obligations and increase resources for mental health.
Health Minister and local MP Brad Hazzard welcomed the grant package saying he understands the impacts the community went through.
‘I welcome the financial package which will assist local businesses who have had a tough time while they did what was necessary to help shut down local transmission on the beaches,’ he said.
Member for Manly James Griffin said the lockdown’s timing around Christmas and New Year ‘placed enormous pressure’ on local businesses.
‘The NSW Government stands with our small businesses and it is hoped this package will help them cover unavoidable expenses and reduce the financial burden so many are facing right now.’