WA caterers watch their work go up in flames as event ban bites
A ban on mass gatherings of 500 individuals or extra to gradual the unfold of coronavirus introduced final week brought on a mass cancellation or postponement of main occasions throughout the nation together with sports activities and, in Ultimo’s case, music festivals akin to Groovin the Moo.
Smaller occasions have been nonetheless in a position to go forward however that modified Wednesday morning when Prime Minister Scott Morrison prolonged the ban to all indoor occasions with 100 individuals or extra, which has left prospective newlyweds with little option but to scrap plans for their big day.
Mr Jamieson mentioned Ultimo had 20 weddings booked for April, over the previous few days that had dropped to 4.
He mentioned his business was hurting as have been the largely informal workforce that saved it ticking.
“Casuals will damage, as soon as they get laid off they will’t get one other job as a result of there isn’t a work round,” he mentioned.
“This may come down as to whether you’ve received sufficient money to outlive. We’ll go shut however it is dependent upon how lengthy this lasts for.”
Mr Jamieson has been working the enterprise for 24 years and has weathered loads of storms, together with the International Monetary Disaster, however he mentioned he had by no means seen something like this.
“Within the third and fourth 12 months after GFC that’s after we discovered it robust however we nonetheless had earnings coming in. That is unprecedented to have earnings ripped out from beneath you so rapidly.”
He mentioned authorities stimulus packages didn’t go far sufficient and weren’t focused at his business, which was one of many worst hit by social distancing measures.
“I do know there’s a [payroll tax] grant however that doesn’t make a distinction, we’d like some stimulus or loans or freezes placed on mortgages,” he mentioned.
The federal authorities’s $17.6 billion stimulus package deal contains rising the moment asset write off threshold from $30,000 to $150,000, grants of as much as $25,000 to extend money circulate and wage subsidies for apprentices.
The WA authorities’s $607 million stimulus features a one-off $17,500 grant to offset payroll tax in addition to the flexibility to defer payroll tax cost till July 21.
On Wednesday Opposition Liza Harvey instructed interest-free loans that could possibly be paid again over a interval of three years as an additional stimulus measure.
Deputy Premier and Well being Minister Roger Cook dinner mentioned they might proceed to have a look at how the federal government might finest help the neighborhood and that included the enterprise neighborhood.
Hamish Hastie is WAtoday’s enterprise reporter.