Economic support offers locked down business owners ‘hope’: Frydenberg

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the federal government’s continued economic support during the coronavirus pandemic offers small business owners “hope that is light at the end of the tunnel”.

“People need to have hope; those small business owners whose cafe’s closed, who can’t turn up at the factory because of the health restrictions, they need to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, they need to know that the government’s economic support will continue to be there,” he told Sky News Australia.

Mr Frydenberg also called on state leaders to be “reasonable” in implementing restrictions.

“But at the same time, premiers will be practical and reasonable, and know that we can live with the virus with the sufficient restrictions in place but we can live with the virus, as other countries have done, once we get to those 70 and 80 per cent,” he continued.

“It’s not realistic to think we can eliminate the virus, it’s not realistic to think that we can get down to COVID-zero.”