Government must support local restaurants, cafes during COVID-19 crisis

The current COVID-19 pandemic is placing huge pressure on many Victorian restaurants and cafes that are struggling to survive.

Restricting food operations to takeaway or delivery only has caused financial pain to many local businesses.

That is why the State Government should engage local food businesses to provide meals to vulnerable or isolated members of the community during the COVID-19 crisis.

With increasing restrictions of movement, especially for senior citizens, there will be a greater need for meals to be provided. It makes sense that those meals should be prepared by local cafes and restaurants wherever possible – supporting vulnerable Victorians and at the same time protecting local jobs.

The $500 million Working for Victoria Fund is designed to support businesses that may not benefit from other measures, such as payroll tax relief. Engaging local cafes and restaurants to meet the needs of vulnerable people in their own local communities will deliver a benefit to all.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Michael O’Brien:

“It just makes sense to put local restaurants to work to supply meals to isolated and vulnerable people.

“This is a win, win. Local restaurants have a higher chance of surviving these tough economic times and vulnerable members of the community receive the meals they need from a local small business.

“We call on the State Government to work with us to achieve a sensible outcome that maximises support for those who need it.”

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