The “biggest fear” of people in Melbourne is another lockdown this winter, according to AFL great and hotel owner Paul Dimattina.
“Everyone’s uncertain about what the future may hold this year,” Mr Dimattina said.
“Especially when they want to keep extending these state of emergency powers,” he told Sky News host Chris Kenny.
It comes after the Andrews government has successfully extended its emergency powers for another nine months.
The state of emergency powers gives the Victorian government the ability to lockdown the state in response to the coronavirus, and provides the legal tool to impose restrictions such as curfews and stay-at-home orders.
The bill passed the Victorian upper house on Tuesday after the government successfully negotiated with the crossbench including the Greens, the Reason Party, and the Animal Justice Party.
“It’s definitely not easy when we see what other states around Australia are doing,” Mr Dimattina said.
“They are getting on with business, getting on with life and not being forced to have to go into a lockdown all the time”.