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Fears Queenstown could be entirely shut within a week

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Publish Date
Tue, 15 Feb 2022, 8:30am
Queenstown. (Photo / File)
Queenstown. (Photo / File)

Fears Queenstown could be entirely shut within a week

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 15 Feb 2022, 8:30am

A warning the entire economy could collapse, if lawmakers don't come up with a new plan fast. 

The local chamber of commerce is predicting most businesses in Queenstown will close in a week, as rising Covid-19 cases forces close contacts into self-isolation.  

Republic Hospitality Group CEO Blair Impey told Mike Hosking it's a fast nightmare that comes on quick.  

He says they have 51 staff self-isolating, with nine of his 11 venues already closed.  

Impey says the current rules around Rapid Antigen Tests won't work, and need to be made readily available. 

“I think that they’ve got it wrong, modellers have got it wrong and time to make a change to the rules straight away otherwise all New Zealanders are going to feel the pain of what we’re seeing at the start of the wave here.” 

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