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 Government 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 change into fairly constant month-on-month, August’s outcomes have seen town drop to a stage of occupancy not seen since September 2020,” Ms Williams stated.
“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 huge impact 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 staff as soon as once more working from house.
“This drop in occupancy has flow-on impacts not solely to workplaces and group tradition, however to the retail, social and cultural establishments that depend on the regular move of foot site visitors that town’s employee inhabitants used to reliably present.
“Given the messaging we’ve heard from Authorities this week, it’s evident that till we will get our state’s vaccination charges to a better stage, the present uncertainty and suppressed CBD exercise ranges will stay.
“Earlier this year- in partnership with a spread 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 surroundings that individuals actively select to be a part of.
“As we proceed the race to succeed in nationally-agreed targets, it’s crucial the leaders in our group 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 participating with our metropolis’s leaders to look at new and modern methods to each raise vaccination take-up and entice exercise again to our CBD.”