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‘We are in an economic lockdown’: Tourism operators in ‘dire straits’ again

Scott Emerson
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Checkpoints and concrete barriers will return to the Queensland-NSW border with the entire state declared a COVID hotspot.

Chairman of Destination Gold Coast Paul Donovan says while they appreciate the health advice, they are in “dire straits” and small operators need help amid the latest border closures.

“We are in an economic lockdown here, because we can’t get the normal tourists to come here and it’s affecting everyone,” he told Scott Emerson.

“We are down significantly again to about July last year, and there’s no JobKeeper.”

He said they are the “worst hit international domestic inbound destination in Australia”.

“As I said this is not whingeing, it’s saying we need help at the moment, it’s the number one tourist city in Australia and we are in a bad way.”

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Queensland to ease local restrictions, slams NSW border shut

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