“The complication is Valentine’s Day. All these eating places are going to be closed, so we’ve acquired a state of affairs the place we’re going to be chaotic over the weekend,” he mentioned.
“Lots of people crack a bottle of champagne for Valentine’s Day however they’re not going to have the ability to try this, so that they’ll have a good time exhausting at dwelling. Liquor gross sales are going to be monumental.”
Mr Andrews mentioned there was no have to panic purchase rest room paper or different groceries as supermarkets will stay open throughout Victoria’s five-day lockdown.
“You’re allowed to go and store, provides are ample. There isn’t any have to be doing any of that,” he mentioned.
“You simply put all method of strain on a few of the hardest staff, a few of the finest Victorians, the people who find themselves … driving the vehicles from the distribution centre to the grocery store, the people who find themselves stacking the cabinets.
“Please. You possibly can buy groceries. That’s allowed. For the stuff you want whenever you want it. And there are ample provides.”
The top of Australia’s retailing affiliation labelled Victoria’s snap five-day lockdown as a “devastating blow” for native retailers and hospitality venues which have been gearing up for bumper gross sales on Valentine’s Day.
“Sadly, there received’t be a lot love within the air for Victorian companies this Valentine’s Day,” Paul Zahra, the pinnacle of the Australian Retailers Affiliation, mentioned.
“Final-minute procuring might be curtailed and romantic dinner date plans have been dashed. That’s an enormous blow for eating places who would have been totally booked for one in all their busiest nights of the yr.”
Mr Zahra, a former chief govt of David Jones, mentioned the “horrors” of 2020 had continued into the brand new yr and urged states to kind a constant strategy to coping with new outbreaks.
“For the time being, companies are on the mercy of the completely different approaches from the varied premiers with little or no planning time round what the most recent restrictions imply,” he mentioned.
“The uncertainty and confusion round ‘set off factors’ has been a confidence killer and one of many key classes out of this pandemic is to have a nationally constant strategy, with clear standards, so enterprise can no less than function with some form of certainty.”
Extra to return.
Dominic Powell writes concerning the retail business for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.