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Business ‘absolutely shattered’ by lockdown extension

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“The business crisis, mental health crisis, education crisis, the staff crisis – they are all layering on top of each other – it’s become a crisis lasagne, and we still don’t have any way out,” he said.

The Property Council’s Victorian executive director Danni Hunter said she welcomed the flagged increase in capacity limits for the construction industry from 25 per cent of workers on large building sites to 50 per cent, once 90 per cent of employees in the sector had received their first vaccine.

“However, we are disappointed that a phased return to office is not at all in the government’s thinking and we know this is critical to the revival of Melbourne’s CBD and Victoria’s broader economy,” Ms Hunter said.

Melbourne lord mayor Sally Capp said the latest lockdown extension was devastating news for Melbourne’s small businesses at an incredibly tough time.

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“Every day I’m hearing from owners and workers who are at breaking point,” she said.

Cr Capp said business owners knew the health measures were put in place to protect lives, but that acknowledgement was needed that livelihoods and wellbeing were at risk.

“Business owners are desperate to know when they can open their doors and welcome back customers. They are craving hope and some light at the end of the tunnel.”


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