MEDIA RELEASE - Support regional communities online during Easter Staycation

With Easter 2020 set to be unlike any other, NSW Labor has issued a plea to holidaymakers to support regional communities online as they stay at home. Labor Leader Jodi McKay said it is important to support small businesses across regional NSW during what should have been one of their busiest times of the year. “It is crucial that we all stay home this long weekend to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Ms McKay warned. “Regional communities are usually bustling with tourists over the Easter long weekend. While we can’t enjoy these places in person right now, I urge everyone to spend online at regional and rural businesses. “So instead of holidaying in places like Byron Bay, buy gifts and treat yourself at boutiques and small businesses from holiday hotspots. I’m sure these businesses would be grateful of the support and for some it could mean the difference of whether or not they are still there next year. “Together, we can get through this and ensure these communities remain open for business.” Shadow Minister for Investment and Tourism Jenny Aitchison encouraged everyone to use this long weekend at home to plan their next trip for when travel bans are lifted. “There is no doubt this Easter is going to be very different for all of us, as we take the advice of health providers and stay home,” Ms Aitchison said. “When all this is over, we need something to look forward to and regional NSW will need our support more than ever. “Just because we’re at home, it doesn’t mean we have to stop thinking about holidays. Use this extra downtime to start planning your perfect trip, do some research and read reviews. After all, some of the best parts about travelling is the dreaming and anticipation. “From Byron Bay to Bega to Broken Hill, NSW has so many gems. Let’s get behind them and plan to holiday here next year. “ THURSDAY, 9 APRIL 2020