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'I'm shocked': businesses brace for long wait to reopen under Melbourne's Covid roadmap

Soon after the pandemic began the sign out front of the Thornbury Picture House read: “Cinema closed until real life doesn’t feel like a movie.” Now the message is a little less whimsical: “Stay strong, Thornbury. We love you.” Under a Covid-19 roadmap announced by the Victorian government on Sunday, the independent cinema in Melbourne’s north will be among the businesses who will wait the longest to switch the lights back on. “I’m just shocked that we’re the final stage to reopen,” says its owner, Gus Berger. Along with beauty salons, gyms and music venues, it is hoped businesses like Berger’s will be back on 23 November. But that requires Victoria to have recorded no new coronavirus cases for 14 days.

The Guardian - September 9, 2020

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