Foot visitors in Perth’s CBD continues to be down by half this week after dropping by as a lot as 60 per cent for the reason that metropolis was plunged into lockdown.
Nevertheless, Chamber of Commerce and Trade WA chief economist Aaron Morey doesn’t predict the pandemic will spell the top of busy metropolis centres.
Mr Morey stated there have been indications about half of Perth’s metropolis staff had been but to return to the workplace, however urged folks to make the commute in as quickly because it was secure to assist the small companies reliant on CBD commerce.
“Small retailers – hairdressers, beauticians – they’re all affected by decreased foot visitors, so it’s actually necessary that we get as many individuals again into town as doable,” he stated.
“It’s actually necessary that we assist these small companies specifically in and across the metropolis with as many individuals as doable coming again to work.”
COVID-19 measures resembling masks had been having an impact on the quantity of people that selected to return to the workplace, Mr Morey stated, and there was a broader change in direction of working from house fashions in lots of industries.
Nevertheless, whereas he anticipated companies to scale back their metropolis footprints sooner or later, Mr Morey stated this didn’t imply the top of vibrant CBDs.
“CBDs are the lifeblood of economies – they convey folks collectively, folks can alternate concepts, and that’s nice for commerce and nice for enterprise going ahead, I don’t anticipate that to vary,” he stated.