Browsing is back!
Almost a week after the ACT’s lockdown was lifted, the Territory’s retail sector will reopen their doors to customers on Friday.
The resumption of in store shopping comes a week earlier than originally planned after Canberra’s businesses sector raised the alarm about changed border rules which meant ‘Canberra Cash’ was heading into New South Wales.
Local toy supplier, Toyworld, is among the many businesses preparing to reopen their doors.
Managing Director, Peter MacLeod said it can’t come fast enough after 10 weeks of restricted trade.
“To be brutally honest – it’s been very stressful.”
“It’s been very, very challenging operating under the rules.”
Mr MacLeod said the previous decision to allow Canberrans the option of shopping across the border, while ACT stores remained closed, only made matters worse.
“I felt a little bit let down, this was our Government’s decision, I thought we would’ve been more aligned as business tries to recover.”
However, now he said he’s just looking forward to welcoming customers back ahead of what is hoped to be a bumper Christmas trade.
“We’ve rolled in as many staff as we can and we’ve employed new staff to help manage what we hope to be an increased demand.”
“We’re really looking forward to seeing people, saying hello and welcoming everybody.”
Rules allowing the return of in store shopping in the ACT come into effect from 11:59pm Thursday 21 October.