Statement from Lord Mayor

“It’s been a long hard year but we’re now starting to see people back in Melbourne’s streets and a sense of optimism returning to Victoria.

I want to congratulate everyone for working  together and following the advice of the health experts. It’s been a long and hard road but we’re starting to reap the benefits. 
Today’s announcement is the first step towards welcoming our workforce back to the city and I want commend the Victorian Government.  
I’ve been meeting with major city employers for many months and I’m confident that we can safely bring workers back with a phased approach.
More workers in the city means cash registers ringing and more Melburnians staying in jobs.
Prior to COVID-19 restrictions, more than one million people came into the city each day. Safely returning workers and visitors to the city will bring a greater sense of vibrancy and activity to our streets. 
I’m excited for all the workers who’ve been stuck on zoom meetings at home and missing their favourite coffee shops and other city rituals. 
This announcement means workers be able to come into the city to enjoy their end of year celebrations.
I’m thrilled small businesses will be able to welcome more customers just in time for Christmas. This is the most important time of year for our business community so I’m excited to say that Melbourne is finally back on and we’re ready for the shopping season.
This will be a summer like no other and we’re rolling out some fantastic entertainment and attractions to bring the buzz back to Melbourne.”
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