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Today’s easing of the rules to allow interregional travel at Alert Level 2 will go a long way to restarting tourism in the south, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says.

“Businesses have been crying out for some certainty in the travel space and today’s announcement gives them some clarity,” Mr Walker says.

“For areas like Fiordland and Queenstown in the south, it is truly a game-changer for the local economies.”

“I am speaking with Air New Zealand again this afternoon to see what can be done about getting some flights in and out of Queenstown Airport”

“We need to get businesses back up and running and allowing interregional travel at Alert Level 2 will go a long way in helping this happen.”

“We now hope that with the low case numbers we are seeing we move to Alert Level 2 as soon as possible.”

“Tourism operators have had no business for almost two months, neither have our personal care providers like hairdressers, so the sooner we move to Alert Level 2 the better for a lot of people.”

“Today’s announcement has provided some much-needed direction and clarity for a lot of businesses in the south, which is the best news we have had in weeks.”

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