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07/05/2020 5:30 PM AEST | Updated 08/05/2020 1:10 PM AEST

'Order A Beer And A Parmie': NT's Push To Support Coronavirus-Affected Businesses

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner has urged people to get behind businesses recovering from coronavirus impact.

The Northern Territory’s Chief Minister Michael Gunner has encouraged people to support local businesses with a “beer and a parmie” as they aim to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis. 

“That is my challenge to all Territorians now,” he told media on Thursday. 

“We have to get out and support those businesses that did the right thing, who shut down and now are opening back up. They need you to buy from them. A beer and a parmie, that is the order.” 

The Northern Territory’s plan is to ease social distancing restrictions in three phases.

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Northern Territory's Chief Minister Michael Gunner 

Social gathering limitations for non-contact sport, weddings and funerals have already been lifted, while restrictions on restaurants and pubs will be eased in mid-May and all remaining restrictions removed on June 5.

“There is no successful exit plan so far in the world for how to come out of lockdown,” said Gunner. 

“I think we are doing it. We saw Territorians tick the box last weekend with the first stage. Now we are coming to the second stage. From our conversations with businesses and Territorians, I think we will do that well, too. Then we will go on to the third stage. I believe we can provide a road map out.”

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His push on supporting local businesses comes ahead of Friday’s National Cabinet meeting, where the government will discuss what further restrictions can be eased. 

Earlier this week Prime Minister Scott Morrison said one of the government’s big objectives off the back of the coronavirus pandemic is to now get Australians “back to work”.

“We now need to get one million Australians back to work,” the PM said at a Canberra press conference on Tuesday. “That is the curve we need to address.”

He said recent school closures has had a significant impact on the economy, and getting children back in the classroom will help many parents return to their roles or work efficiently from home. 

“When it comes to schools, the school shut down … that flows through to around 304,000 jobs,” said Morrison.