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Myer boss slams Daniel Andrews' roadmap out of lockdown as premier's popularity plummets in new poll

The boss of retail giant Myer is the latest business leader to slam under-fire Daniel Andrews over his roadmap out of lockdown as his public popularity as Victorian Premier plummets.

A new poll has revealed Labor would lose the state election if it was held today over the Premier’s handling of the state’s horror second wave of coronavirus in Melbourne.

A MediaReach poll of more than 3000 voters in five marginal Labor seats, including the electorate of Deputy Premier James Merlino revealed they would all be lost. 

Myer chief executice John King (pictured with actress Asher Keddie in 2019) has slammed Daniel Andrews' roadmap out of lockdown

Myer chief executice John King (pictured with actress Asher Keddie in 2019) has slammed Daniel Andrews’ roadmap out of lockdown

Labor would lose the state election with Liberals well ahead with 61.18 per cent of the vote on a two party-preferred basis. 

While Premier Andrews would narrowly hang on as the preferred Premier with 38.9 per cent, Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien is breathing down his neck at 37.5 per cent.

Another 23.6 per cent of polled voters remain undecided.

Myer chief executive John King is the latest business leader to slam Premier Andrews over his roadmap out of lockdown released on Sunday.

The roadmap proposes non-essential retail stores remain closed until October 26, which Mr King believes will have devastating consequences for hundreds of businesses.

Daniel Andrews (pictured) faced more tough questions from the media on Thursday

Daniel Andrews (pictured) faced more tough questions from the media on Thursday

He believes a delayed reopening of retail will result in more crowded stores in the lead up to Christmas, sparking potential fears of a third wave of the virus which has claimed more than 700 lives in Victoria.

‘We need a supercomputer with common sense attached,’ Mr King told the Herald Sun.

‘I think we should have a staged release of a lot of businesses.’ 

Mr King described the government’s consultation with businesses as a ‘box-ticking exercise.’

‘It was the government just collecting and disseminating information as opposed to a consultation,’ he told the publication.

‘We all found it very frustrating.’

Myer stores in Melbourne will remain closed until October 26 under the Premier roadmap out of lockdown. Pictured is a deserted Bourke Street Mall on September 3

Myer stores in Melbourne will remain closed until October 26 under the Premier roadmap out of lockdown. Pictured is a deserted Bourke Street Mall on September 3

His comments come after CSL chairman Brian McNamee described Mr Andrews’ strategy as a crushing policy for Melbourne.

‘It’s a map for misery for Victoria. Why do I say that? There’s so many factors that influence that,’ he told the Herald Sun earlier this week.

‘First of all the modelling is too narrow in the context they’re looking for. Your model is only as good as your inputs and what you are trying to achieve with that model.’

Australian’s second largest city will remain in stage four lockdown until at least September 28 after Premier Andrews extended it by two weeks on Sunday.

Regional Victoria remains under stage three restrictions which allows residents to leave home for essential purposes. 

MELBOURNE’S ROADMAP OUT OF COVID-19 LOCKDOWN – WHAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DO AND WHEN:

Step one: The first step will come in to place on September 13.

Step two: The second step will be implemented when Melbourne has 30-50 COVID-19 cases a day on average over the past 14 days. The aim is for this to come into place on September 28. 

Step three: The move to step three will occur when there is a daily statewide average of five new cases over the past 14 days. The aim is for this to come into place on October 26.

Step four: The move to step four will come when there have been no new COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days. The aim is for this to come into place on November 23.

COVID Normal: After 28 days of no new COVID-19 cases, things will return to normal. 

Step one – 11.59pm on September 13:

Curfew will be eased to 9pm-5am

People can still only leave home for the four reasons (shopping, exercise, work and care or medical attention)

Public gatherings increased to two people, or a household, for a maximum of two hours

 Singles can have one nominated person to their home as part of the ‘singles social bubble’ 

Childcare and early educators to remain closed

Schools will continue to learn remotely unless they have exemptions

 Adult education to continue to be done remotely, unless they have exemption

 Only go to work if you are in a permitted industry 

– Cafes and restaurants will continue with take away only

– Retail businesses will remain open for essential shopping, with others only operating with click and collect

– Only one person per household can do the essential shopping 

Step two – September 28:

Public gatherings increase again to five people from a maximum of two households

Childcare and early educators can re-open

Schools to continue with remote learning, but Prep to Grade Two and Year 11 and Year 12 students will gradually return to class in Term 4 

 There will be an increase to permitted workplaces

Step three – October 26:

Curfew is no longer in place

There are no restrictions on leaving home

Public gatherings increase to 10 people together outdoors

 A ‘household bubble’ will be introduced, so five people from one house can visit another 

Remote learning to continue, but Grades 3 to Year 11 can gradually return to class

– Adult education to continue to be done remotely, but hands on classes will see a phased return to onsite 

 Work from home is encouraged

– Up to 10 people can eat together at restaurants and cafes, with the majority of tables outdoor

– Retail shops to reopen, with hairdresses operating under safety measures but beauty stores to remain closed

– Real estate agents can conduct private inspections by appointment

– The one person per household limit on shopping is to be revoked 

Step four – November 23:

Public gatherings to increase to 50 people outdoors

 Up to 20 visitors can attend a home at any one time

 All adult education will return to onsite with safety measures in place

– Groups limited to 20 indoors and a maximum of 50 patrons per venue

– All retail stores to reopen, while real estate agents can operate with safety measures and by keeping a record of attendants

Step five – COVID normal:

Public gatherings have no restriction

 There will also be no restriction on visitors to homes

– Phased return to onsite work for work from home workers

  Schools to reopen as normal

– Restrictions on hospitality removed, but venues to continue keeping records 

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