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Lockdown: Local business

Lockdown: Local business

Northern Victorian businesses are facing the reality of lockdown today

Businesses in northern Victoria are today counting the costs of spending the weekend in lockdown.

Thursday's announcement of a statewide lockdown left many operators with little choice but to shut their doors to the community, seeing an entire weekend of revenue go out the window.

Staff were left without work, while pubs and restaurants saw food go to waste.

Echuca Workers general manager Erin Langman said the feeling was far too familiar.

"We shouldn't be used to it, but we are," she said.

"It kicks us in the guts financially every single time - staff wise, supply wise, it just goes on and on."

While premier Daniel Andrews announced on Thursday that areas of regional Victoria may be allowed to exit lockdown early, the announcement of a case in Mildura on Sunday has cast a shadow over theat chance.

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Ms Langman said just the five day period was a major issue for local businesses.

"Five days is less than a week, but that's a long time for a business," she said.

"We had a large function we'd started purchasing and prepping for on Saturday night and a day function on Saturday.

"It also impacts our staff. Most of the people who work in our business are long term casual who rely on their shifts.

"A lot of them live week to week, and that hurts me that they are impacted. We are looking at what the government does but will also look at paying them for some of the shifts they were forced to miss out.

"But the most important thing is getting out of lockdown and being able to opperate again so that we can make money.

"It's money slipping through our hands every moment that these doors are shut."

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