Business groups have reacted with anger and frustration to the Victorian government's decision to push back the re-opening of shops and hospitality venues for two weeks.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Sunday that retailers could not open their doors to customers until November 2, with hospitality unable to progress past take-away until that date.
Chrissie Maus, general manager of the Chapel Street Precinct said in a statement "the fact retail and hospitality is still left waiting ‘til potentially November is an unjust joke".
"It seems the rest of the country is evolving in their policies but Dan continues on his draconian parade," she said.
"We must learn to live with the virus and open our businesses up now! The mental health impact on our business owners and staff is now doing more damage than some realise."
Chairperson of the shopping precinct and Print Express owner, Justin O'Donnell, called on Mr Andrews to lift the restrictions on traders immediately and "not make us wait for more harrowing days".
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