Premier Investments is calling on each state government to mandate Covid-safe check points at shopping centres as the eastern states prepare to exit their respective lockdowns.
According to Premier, with just weeks to go until shopping centres are filled back up in New South Wales, time is running out to ensure both workers and shoppers are kept safe with a more coordinated approach.
“A standardised set of measures applied consistently across centres will provide much needed confidence for customers and retail employees, as well as certainty for landlords and retailers,” said Premier chairman Solomon Lew.
“It’s no use having a patchwork of guidelines by state or by store. In a shopping mall context, it is far more practical and efficient for the health and safety measures to be established and administered by landlords at shopping centre entrances rather than the individual store.”
Additionally, Premier calls on the measures to be jointly funded by retailers and landlords.
The request comes days after New South Wales, Victoria and ACT announced their plans to exit lockdowns in the coming weeks – though each state is going about it in their own way.