The Property Council’s newest workplace occupancy knowledge underlines the significance of elevated vaccination uptake in restoring exercise ranges in our metropolis centres.
The month-to-month survey of workplace landlords revealed Brisbane’s CBD workplace occupancy charge dropped to 60 per cent of pre-COVID ranges in August, after hovering round 70 per cent for near a yr.
Queensland Govt Director of the Property Council, Jen Williams, defined that when the survey first started in July 2020, Brisbane CBD occupancy was at simply 48 per cent of pre-COVID ranges.
“Whereas Brisbane’s occupancy charges had risen from this early low and turn into fairly constant month-on-month, August’s outcomes have seen the town drop to a stage of occupancy not seen since September 2020,” Ms Williams mentioned.
“Queensland has thus far been spared from the prolonged lockdowns being skilled in different states, nevertheless it’s clear the latest 8 day lockdown and lingering well being directives have had a big effect on confidence.
“Masks within the office, border closures, shifting goalposts for vaccination targets, and naturally the ever-present threat of snap lockdowns, have contributed to an elevated variety of workers as soon as once more working from dwelling.
“This drop in occupancy has flow-on impacts not solely to workplaces and workforce tradition, however to the retail, social and cultural establishments that depend on the regular circulation of foot visitors that the town’s employee inhabitants used to reliably present.
“Given the messaging now we have heard from Authorities this week, it’s evident that till we are able to get our state’s vaccination charges to the next stage, the present uncertainty and suppressed CBD exercise ranges will stay.
“Earlier this year- in partnership with a variety of private and non-private stakeholders- the Property Council ran its Fridays within the Metropolis marketing campaign to attract consideration to the significance of the CBD.
“What we heard loud and clear throughout the marketing campaign was the position of management in shifting employee habits and making a bodily atmosphere that folks actively select to be a part of.
“As we proceed the race to achieve nationally-agreed targets, it’s crucial the leaders in our neighborhood work collectively to spice up vaccination charges, in order that our state can safely and swiftly divulge heart’s contents to the remainder of the nation- and the world.
“Over the approaching weeks, the Property Council will as soon as once more be partaking with our metropolis’s leaders to look at new and revolutionary methods to each carry vaccination take-up and appeal to exercise again to our CBD.”