Confusion over advice provided by Queensland's top doctor on essential retail has been slammed by a leading retailers' organisation.
At yesterday's Covid update chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young bizarrely urged Queenslanders to avoid online shopping to help prevent the movement of people needed to deliver packages.
But the National Retail Association pointed out that government health directives on retail since the lockdown started were 'contradictory' and left business owners guessing.
'On Monday and Tuesday, shoppers were being urged to use online shopping to reduce the number of shoppers in stores,' NRA chief executive Dominique Lamb said yesterday.
'Today, the official advice is to avoid online shopping to reduce the number of delivery workers in the community.'
Co-owner of Gold Coast small business Leina and Fleur, Fleur Richardson, said online shopping was paramount to keeping her business alive.
'If everyone stopped online shopping overnight we would not have a business at all,' she said.
'What Jeanette …