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Focus turns to safe economic activity

Focus turns to safe economic activity

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[14 April, BusinessDesk, Farmers Weekly]

The Government is currently working out what businesses will be able to open during lockdown alert levels three and two and are aiming provide as much clarity as possible to citizens when they announce the guidelines on Thursday. Clear principles are expected to be offered, such as ensuring physical distancing continues, contact tracing is possible and basic public health requirements are met. A decision on whether the country will move out of lockdown alert level four on the 22 April will be made on the 20 April. Treasury scenarios released show that unemployment levels could have spiked to 26 percent if the Government had done nothing about Covid-19. Primary industry workplaces have been reported to have been successful in creating and adopting safety protocols to help manage the risk of Covid-19.

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