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WA hospitality businesses set to lose millions in lost weekend trade and stock because of COVID lockdown

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The lockdown in the Perth and Peel regions of WA will cost hospitality businesses up to $25 million in lost revenue, says Restaurant and Catering Australia CEO Wes Lambert.

The three-day lockdown was imposed after a man, who is now in Melbourne, tested positive to COVID-19 after he had completed 14 days of quarantine at Perth’s Mercure hotel.

A woman he stayed with after leaving the hotel has also tested positive for coronavirus.

Wes Lambert said having a lockdown imposed on a Friday was the worst possible time for restaurants and cafes.(

ABC News: Greg Bigelow

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Mr Lambert said imposing a lockdown before the Anzac Day long weekend meant businesses would have to donate or throw away more than $7 million in produce and stock.

“Because it was…



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