Opposition Leader Liza Harvey believes it is time to open the interstate travel borders to combat the economic crisis following the global health pandemic. Ms Harvey told the Harvey-Waroona Reporter that small businesses, including those in the regions, were suffering as a result of the strict border closures. “I know some people don’t want the borders open yet, however, I keep getting letters from business owners on the verge of collapse saying that they need the borders opened to survive,” she said. Ms Harvey said the impact of COVID-19 was “financially catastrophic” and believed it was time to “resume business”. “When a regional business fails, it is 10 times harder to restart in a regional setting than what is is in a metro area,” Ms Harvey said. She said tourism was important and made a difference to small businesses. Ms Harvey said the livelihoods of small business owners and their families were just as important as the health threat. “It is all about balance,” she said. While the Opposition Leader commended the work of the governments during the pandemic, she said there were things she would have done differently. “I think they have done a good job, however, I would have reopened things a lot sooner,” she said. She believed it has taken too long to reopen WA and said many businesses were suffering. “It is time to ramp up the economy, we need to find a way to live with COVID-19.” Ms Harvey said if she was premier during the coronavirus crisis, she said she would not have quarantined travellers in hotels at the expense of the taxpayer. She also said she would have increased the testing for COVID-19. Premier Mark McGowan continues with his firm stance of keeping WA closed. A date to reopen the border is yet to be announced.