Victoria enters another lockdown

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that Victoria will enter a snap lockdown from 8pm tonight for a period of seven days.

Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia Danni Hunter: “That we are re-entering lockdown just a week after we emerged from the last one shows how vulnerable our community is as we continue to deal with outbreaks.

“It again reinforces that there is only one pathway out of this pandemic and that is vaccination.  We have a collective responsibility to roll our sleeves up so we can look forward to the day when we can put lockdowns behind us.

“Repeated lockdowns have devastating impacts on the community including business and only serve to set our economic recovery back further. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our CBD which continues to haemorrhage and businesses are being pushed to the brink.

“Office vacancies in Melbourne are at their highest level in over 20 years and office occupancy continues to plummet with catastrophic repercussions for business and our iconic retail and hospitality sectors in particular.

“Every lockdown is a step backwards for Melbourne, particularly our CBD, and we are going to need a strategic, long-term plan to revitalise our city. This needs to focus on getting people back into the CBD when it’s safe to do so as they are the lifeblood of our city.

“We will also need to look at ways to boost investment and ensure Melbourne remains an attractive place to live, work and invest. It’s one thing to have a survival plan but we will also need a revival plan.”

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