Victoria records ZERO deaths and just 42 new coronavirus cases as Daniel Andrews’ $290million plan to save Melbourne’s restaurants and cafes is savaged
Victoria has recorded zero deaths from the coronavirus for the first time in two months as Premier Daniel Andrews is heavily criticised for a $290million plan to revive Melbourne‘s crippled hospitality sector.
The 14-day new case average for Melbourne has also dropped to 52.9 and is only 3.6 for regional Victoria.
Mr Andrews will provide further information on Victoria’s new figures later on Tuesday.
Masked walkers on South Melbourne Beach on Monday as the world’s heaviest coronavirus restrictions were eased to allow residents two hours exercise time
The under-fire premier on Monday unveiled a $290million funding package to help the state’s sole traders and entertainment industry survive when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Mr Andrews said the plan would turn the city into an al fresco dining hub – but the head of Melbourne’s largest restaurant group has already hit out at the proposal as unworkable.
‘The government thinks this is going to be some sort of outdoor Disneyland for dining, but it’s not going to work,’ Luca Restaurants chief executive Chris Lucas told the Herald Sun.
‘The majority of the city’s restaurants cannot work outdoors. Outdoor dining really only suits cafes, not to mention Melbourne’s problematic weather.’
Mr Andrews compared the revival plan – which will see $100million go towards a Melbourne City Recovery fund to inject life back into the city – to New York’s Open Restaurants initiative.
The program in the US’ largest city involved footpaths, laneways and streets being temporarily transformed into dining areas.
But Mr Lucas said as much as 60 per cent of New York’s businesses were still unable to be saved by the program.
More to come