The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the common-sense announcement by the Victorian Premier that the state’s retailers will be able to reopen from 11:59pm this Tuesday night.
It follows Victoria recording no new COVID-19 cases in a single day for the first time since June.
NRA Deputy CEO Lindsay Carroll said that NRA members across Victoria will be breathing a sigh of relief and that the news could not come sooner with less than one month until the Christmas trade period officially commences.
“Victorian retailers have been left reeling by the COVID-19 wrecking ball and we’re just glad that our members in the state will be able to reopen their doors to customers,” Ms Carroll said.
“Every day that businesses have remained shut has added to the economic pain inflicted on Victorian retailers. New South Wales has shown how to balance public safety while having limited business restrictions and we hope that this is the route Victoria now takes.
“Businesses can start preparing immediately ahead of the reopen time at midnight Wednesday and we urge them to take advantage of this.
“The lead up to Christmas will be instrumental in determining whether many businesses survive. The Christmas retail trade period is worth more than $13 billion to the Victorian economy, its importance simply can’t be overstated.
“Common-sense has prevailed and we urge Victorian shoppers to support their local retailers.”
Read the Premier’s Statement here.
Metro Melbourne Summary of Easing Restrictions