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5 Gennaio 2021

Australia

MASKS GO ON IN MALLS BUT SHOPPERS ARE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND

Sydney retailers say that the few shoppers who are around are happily wearing masks, but warn that the outbreaks are hitting consumer confidence and foot traffic. Sydneysiders face fines of $200 if they contravene mandatory mask orders for indoor settings such as shopping centres, on public transport, places of worship and hair and beauty salons. Rose Allan, an assistant manager at Gewürzhaus, a specialty herbs and spices store on the bottom level of The Strand Arcade in Sydney's CBD, said overall mask-wearing compliance on Monday was high, but noted it was otherwise "really, really quiet". In January, the herbs and spices purveyor is usually frequented by tourists, passengers coming off cruise ships and parents taking their kids out for school holiday excursions. Some retail workers told The Australian Financial Review that although they had brought their own masks from home to wear to work, they had not received any official communications from their own head offices about the changed rules. They put this down to the fact many of their bosses were on holiday, and not as proactive about updating their staff on new measures as usual. Shopping Centre Council of Australia executive director Angus Nardi said industry guidance was developed in July when Victoria mandated masks, which meant that rolling out the new policy in NSW was "familiar territory" for its members. "Our members have clear operating procedures in place," Mr Nardi said. "Typical procedures include advising retailers of the policy, signage and PA announcements to remind customers of their responsibility to wear a mask. Some centres make masks available to customers. Vicinity Centres regional general manager of shopping centres for New South Wales Daniel Sutton said safety is the landlord's top priority. "At each centre we have a range of protective measures in place to encourage everyone to wear a mask and follow distancing guidelines and health and hygiene measures, including physical and digital signage, in-centre announcements and line markings throughout our centres," Mr Sutton said. "We're asking all of our customers, retail partners and visitors to do the right thing and masks are available free of charge at our concierge desks or from one of our team members." (ICE SYDNEY)


Fonte notizia: The Australian Financial Review 04.01.2021