Canberra businesses are urging the ACT government to remove barriers to accessing business support grants and to allow them to operate from workplaces for online services.
The requests have come as ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr on Friday said he would give a formal update on businesses "in the coming days", but did not give a firm timeline.
Esther Byrne, owner of Embassy Florist in Canberra, is one of many florists who has had to cease her services during the lockdown.
"I'm really disappointed by it actually," Ms Byrne said.
"Last time, we were allowed to trade behind closed doors, and a lot of the florists, were being super careful with hand sanitizing, gloves, not allowing any other person into wherever they were working from."
She said demand had been high for flowers during Canberra's last lockdown.
"Coming out every day into your kitchen or your lounge room, wherever you have them uplifted that person - we got a lot of feedback saying that they were really happy that they received a floral delivery."
"A lot of us received big shipments on the day that they announced the lockdown," Ms Byrne said.
"And I mean, you know, two three thousand worth of wholesale flowers. So not being able to go and do anything or even give them away, is really hard."
Ms Byrne was able to give away many of her flowers for free, but many went to waste.
She added via a message that another point of concern was that there are no flower markets in Canberra, with florists sourcing their stock from markets in Sydney or Melbourne.
When they are allowed to trade, they will require a few days notice as the deliveries are generally Mondays and Thursdays.
"Flowers let people know they are loved and thought of," Ms Byrne wrote in the message.
Phillip Business Community president Tom Adam has written to ACT government ministers to ask businesses which have been forced to close can open in order to offer online services.
"I have to teach in the garage in the cold to be able to teach from home. Because I've got three kids, two dogs, four cats, my wife working from home," said Mr Adam, who is also the founder and chief instructor at Canberra Martial Arts & Fitness.
"A lot of us don't have the decent internet, plus, if my three kids are studying, my wife's working, it just doesn't work."
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In Friday's daily press conference, Mr Barr responded to concerns from the business sector.
"We are actively looking at that. We've heard those requests. We're looking at how we can manage that in a Covid-safe way," he said.
"I believe there is a way forward on that and we look forward to being able to work through the detail.
Mr Barr said the government had been working with various industry associations, "but we need to take a little bit of time to work through that so we're not announcing anything today".
Mr Adam also said an eligibility requirement that businesses must have a 30 per cent decline in turnover due to COVID-19 restrictions to access business support grants was unfair.
The package offers $10,000 to employing businesses and $4000 to non-employing businesses or sole traders, and has been extended to September 2.
"If I see a 30 per cent reduction in revenue in my business, I am losing money hand-over-fist," Mr Adam said.
"Businesses like mine, I'm seeing a 20 per cent reduction so I don't get access to any of it.
"I have a whole lot of full-time staff that I'm managing to keep on board. They don't have access to any of the support."
"Because I'm not going to let them go, because I want to hang on to them as employees, but I'm having to wear the costs of wages to keep them on."
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