The Whitsundays community has welcomed the announcement made by the state government, stating that some restrictions will ease in Queensland this week following the Queensland community working together to flatten the curve.
Photo: Thundercat Whitsunday.
Some Whitsundays businesses from this weekend will be reopening their doors to welcome customers back.
Tourism Whitsundays CEO Tash Wheeler thinks this is a positive step forward for the Whitsundays tourism industry.
“This is the shining light of hope our industry has needed, as we move towards the gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions we will hopefully see more businesses reopening their doors.
The Whitsundays is a bright and vibrant area; it has been a long few weeks of adhering to the government restrictions. While the temptation may be there to catch up with large groups of friends and family, we must remain vigilant; our tourism industry must stay on this forward path; any setbacks will be detrimental!” She said.
This weekend the Whitsundays will see the reopening of some tour operators such as Whitsunday Jetski Tours, Airlie Boat Hire, and retailers such as Court and Spark, Swim Swim Swim and Beachworx amongst others will be starting up their motors and opening their doors.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox believes that this is exciting news for Queenslanders with the State Government rolling back lockdown restrictions as Covid-19 transmission rates drop.
“Remember that social distancing measures will still apply, people must remain within 50km radius of their homes and camping is still not allowed.
“Residents can travel outside the 50km radius from their principle residence for purposes outlined by the government only,” he said.
Each and every resident of the Whitsundays who takes advantage of the slight ease in restrictions is urged to capture the moment and share it through their social networks.
Tourism Whitsundays CEO Tash Wheeler said while friends and family from outside of our region are still not able to visit, there is the opportunity to share the beauty of our backyard.
“Our locals are the best ambassadors we have; each of us has an extensive network of social media followers that we can share our incredible scenery with.
“Be sure to use the destination hashtags #LoveWhitsundays and #ThisIsQueensland,” she said.
Tourism Whitsundays has a full list of Whitsundays businesses reopening, click here to view.
Source: Tourism Whitsundays.