Longer operating hours for supermarkets, pharmacies, cafes, restaurants and the construction industry extended

Cafe and restaurant take away capabilities were changed in March this year.
Cafe and restaurant take away capabilities were changed in March this year.

Longer operating hours for supermarkets, pharmacies, cafes, restaurants and the construction industry have been extended for another six months.

The state government responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in March this year by amending laws to allow around-the-clock trading and delivery hours for supermarkets and pharmacies, as well as the extension of cafe and restaurant take away capabilities.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said on Wednesday the orders would be extended for another six months, until March 25, 2021.

"Our quick response to the immediate challenges of the pandemic ensured everyone had access to essential household goods, businesses remained viable and the economy kept ticking," he said.

"Six months down the track it's obvious we still need this flexibility. The pandemic has taught us that we can be nimble and reduce red tape where necessary.

"We have to live with the virus for a little while yet, so we've extended these orders and will review them before the new expiry date in March next year."

Mr Stokes said extended operating hours for the construction industry, introduced to ensure COVID Safe working conditions, would also continue.

"The construction industry is a key driver for jobs growth during the recession so we needed to find ways to support it while keeping workers safe from the virus," he said.