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Justin Hemmes calls for ‘JobKeeper 3.0’ and claims lockdown has hospitality industry ‘on its knees’

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Pub baron Justin Hemmes has called for a ‘JobKeeper 3.0’ and claims the hospitality industry is ‘on its knees’ as Sydney endures its fourth week of hard lockdown. 

The billionaire businessman said a reinstatement of the scheme will help keep staff connected to their workplaces and have a positive effect on workers’ mental health. 

‘Without a JobKeeper 3.0 the industry cannot survive continued lockdowns,’ Mr Hemmes told The Daily Telegraph, arguing hospitality was one of the hardest hit. 

Pub baron Justin Hemmes has called for a 'JobKeeper 3.0' and claims the hospitality industry is 'on its knees' due to the most recent lockdown (pictured with partner Madeline Holtznagel)

Pub baron Justin Hemmes has called for a ‘JobKeeper 3.0’ and claims the hospitality industry is ‘on its knees’ due to the most recent lockdown (pictured with partner Madeline Holtznagel)

Mr Hemmes said a reinstatement of the scheme will help keep staff connected to businesses and have a positive effect on workers' mental health (pictured, bar staff making drinks at the Rio in Summer Hill)

Mr Hemmes said a reinstatement of the scheme will help keep staff connected to businesses and have a positive effect on workers’ mental health (pictured, bar staff making drinks at the Rio in Summer Hill)

‘We are the first ones to close and often the last to open. It has been three weeks of closures already.’

The hospitality mogul said he was open to tightening the provisions of the scheme to ensure operators were prevented from gaming the system.

Mr Hemmes said the weekly payments were tried and tested, and potentially the best in the world for supporting both businesses and their workers.

So far the federal government has repeatedly refused to increase its disaster relief payments for hospitality workers. 

Warnings from within the industry of more workers abandoning the sector continue to fall on deaf ears, as well as concerns popular venues will never reopen. 

Restaurant owners have voiced fears their employees will jump ship to work in less lockdown-affected jobs, putting the long-term survival of their venues at risk. 

Warnings from within the industry of more workers' abandoning the hospitality sector continue to fall on deaf ears, as well as concerns popular venues will never reopen

Warnings from within the industry of more workers’ abandoning the hospitality sector continue to fall on deaf ears, as well as concerns popular venues will never reopen

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet penned a letter to the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg requesting an extension of the scheme, but was rejected

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet penned a letter to the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg requesting an extension of the scheme, but was rejected

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet penned a letter to the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg requesting an extension of the scheme, but was rejected. 

Opposition leader Chris Minns echoed Mr Hemmes’ sentiments, stating that if the health advice says a deeper lockdown, then the financial support needs to include JobKeeper.

There are currently no plans to increase the $600 Covid-19 Disaster Payments, available to workers who have lost 20 hours of work or more per week during the lockdown period. 

Individuals who have lost between eight and less than 20 hours of work are eligible for $375-a-week, in locked-down Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.  

There are currently no plans to increase the $600 Covid-19 Disaster Payments, available to workers who have lost 20 hours of work or more per week during the lockdown period

There are currently no plans to increase the $600 Covid-19 Disaster Payments, available to workers who have lost 20 hours of work or more per week during the lockdown period

Restaurant owners have voiced fears their employees will jump ship to work in less lockdown-affected jobs, putting the long-term survival of their venues at risk

Restaurant owners have voiced fears their employees will jump ship to work in less lockdown-affected jobs, putting the long-term survival of their venues at risk 

How to apply for Covid-19 Disaster Payments

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Individuals who have lost between eight and 20 hours of work will be eligible for $375-a-week Covid-19 Disaster Payments.

Workers who have lost 20 hours or more are entitled to subsidies of $600 a week during the period of the lockdown.

HOW TO APPLY?

Those affected can apply for payments through the myGov website from Wednesday, July 28.

There will be no liquid assets test applied to eligibility for these payments and the handouts will be made in arrears for the lockdown.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE THE PAYMENTS?

Services Australia will make the payments as quickly as possible, with some payments being made in less than an hour following an application

Those affected can apply through the myGov website from Wednesday July 28.

In an attempt to ease the financial burden of lockdown on small businesses, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a relief package totalling $4billion. 

Mr Perrottet said businesses could start applying for the tax-free grants of between $7,500 and $15,000 from July 19. 

‘There are a range of initiatives available to help small businesses with cashflow, rent costs, electricity and the like,’ he said.

Individuals who have lost between eight and less than 20 hours of work are eligible for $375-a-week, in locked-down Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia (pictured, people queuing at Centrelink in Sydney on Tuesday)

Individuals who have lost between eight and less than 20 hours of work are eligible for $375-a-week, in locked-down Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia (pictured, people queuing at Centrelink in Sydney on Tuesday)

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The applications will be available on Service NSW and are expected to be processed within five days, but Mr Perrottet warned there could be delays on Monday as people rush to see if they qualify.

The grant will be available to NSW businesses that make more than $75,000 and up to $50 million, and have a total annual wages bill of below $10 million.

It comes as the state recorded 78 new Covid-19 cases overnight – but 27 were out in the community while infectious. 

Of the 49 linked cases, 45 are household contacts and 4 are close contacts, with the 78 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday night coming from 62,860 tests. 

Greater Sydney is enduring its fourth week of strict stay-at-home lockdown restrictions to slow the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant. 

SYDNEY’S LOCKDOWN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW UNTIL JULY 30

Those living in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong must abide by the following: 

Masks are mandatory in all indoor settings outside the home, including offices and apartment buildings

Residents can travel only 10km from their homes

– Exercise and gather in groups of two while outside

– Only one member of each household per day allowed to leave the home for essential shopping

– No browsing in supermarkets and retail businesses. Shop only for essential items

– Funerals are capped at 10, weddings are banned

– No car pooling with other households when going out for exercise

There is no curfew but a stay at home order applies, with only four reasons to leave your home 

Schools are closed with at-home learning in place, but no child will be turned away if they need to attend in person

The new rules are in addition to the stay-at-home orders already in place until July 30, which include only leaving the home to:

*shop for essential items (one person only) 

*give care and compassionate reasons (one visitor only) 

*exercise or for work or education that cannot be conducted remotely

People in Fairfield, Liverpool or Canterbury in Sydney’s southwest are advised to stay home, unless:

*shop for essential items (one person only) 

*give care and compassionate reasons (one visitor only) 

*For work unless it is an essential service, such as health workers. Businesses must give employees the option of working from home.

* Any essential employees who are permitted to leave their suburbs for work are subject to the same restrictions previously in place, namely receiving a negative Covid test every three days. 

 The rest of NSW (including regional areas) is subject to the following restrictions:

  • Dance and gym classes are limited to 20 people per class and masks must be worn
  • No more than five visitors (including children) allowed in homes
  • Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings
  • The four-square-metre rule is back for indoor and outdoor settings and drinking while standing at indoor venues is not allowed
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs, but dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party (no more than 20 people)

When does the lockdown end?  

  • Stay at home orders apply to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 11.59pm on Friday, July 30, 2021 



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