The mayor of the Australian city that has endured the most lockdowns during Covid-19 is under fire for arguing the pandemic is “good for” her city.
Sally Capp, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, made her views clear in a speech to be delivered in the city on Friday.
“There aren’t many that stand in front of a crowd like that and say that Covid has been good for everything and everyone,” Ms Capp is expected to say in pre-released remarks at the TEDxMelbourne event.
“But I’m here to do just that.
Sally Capp, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, will say in a speech on Friday that the Covid-19 pandemic has ultimately been “good” for her city
Ms Capp claims economic activity in Melbourne has recovered to pre-pandemic levels and will total $150 billion by 2031.
“Now that’s what I call Lockdown to Boomtown,” Ms. Capp will say in the speech.
“Melbourne got away with bruises but bolder and bolder because of it all.”
“It is thanks to the debilitating effects of Covid, 262 days as a fractured city and community that we have achieved the seemingly impossible, pirouetted, taken risks, dreamed big and accelerated progress,” she explains in the speech.
City residents experienced a record 262 days in lockdown across four lockdowns in 2020 and 2021, the world’s longest cumulative period of restricted movement during the pandemic.
A deserted Bourke Street in Melbourne July 17, 2021, during one of Melbourne’s 262 days of lockdown
But business leaders devastated Ms Capp’s planned comments.
“Nothing good has come out of Covid,” Paul Guerra, chief of Victoria’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told the Herald-Sun.
“I don’t think there would be a single business owner out there who would even remotely think Covid was good.
“We couldn’t enter the city for a long time, hotels were practically empty, restaurants and pubs were closed, hairdressers and other specialty shops were closed, people lost their jobs.
“Nothing good came from Covid. People died, people got sick, our lives changed, the business collapsed, it was bloody scary.
Ms Capp is expected to lead Melbourne’s response to housing people in hotels to help them isolate as an example of the city’s achievements during the crisis.
“It changed lives. I recently received an email from a gentleman who was staying at a local hotel due to lockdown. Despite being homeless for a number of years, this hotel stay was the break he needed to change his life. He now has a job and a safe apartment,” she said in her speech.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to the Lord Mayor’s Office for comment.
https://www.soundhealthandlastingwealth.com/health/sally-capp-melbourne-lord-mayor-says-covid-19-was-good-for-the-city/ Sally Capp: Melbourne Lord Mayor says Covid-19 is ‘GOOD’ for the city