|Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – Wednesday 8 April 2020
Commercial leases and licences
For several weeks now, both the State and Federal Government has been working through what rent relief during the COVID-19 crisis will look like for commercial tenants.
As we communicated last week, the MMA has been working closely with the State Government regarding rent relief for eligible tenants.
As you may be aware, last night the Federal Government, through the National Cabinet, released information which included a code of conduct regarding SME (small, medium-sized enterprise) commercial leasing principles during COVID-19.
We are now in discussions with the State Government to work out how any proposed Victorian relief packages interact with this Federal code of conduct, and we are awaiting further clarification on the issue.
The MMA continues to postpone the issuing of tax invoices/statements to all tenants for the April to June quarter until we can confirm possible rent relief for our tenants.
Foodbank returning Tuesday 14 April
Foodbank will be returning to the Melbourne Market on the Tuesday after Easter (Tuesday 14 April) to resume food donation collections.
The team from Foodbank had suspended donations for several weeks while they worked through internal issues regarding COVID-19.
Donations can be taken to the Foodbank collection point from Tuesday. Foodbank extends their thanks to the Market Community for their support and generosity.
Social distancing critical
The critical piece of advice for Market users is, if you are feeling unwell, you should stay at home and seek medical advice. Do not attend the Market for work, or to purchase produce, if you are feeling unwell in any way.
Personal hygiene and practising social distancing continues to be essential while at the Melbourne Market.
- You must remain at least 1.5 metres from other Market users wherever possible
- You must be regularly washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer regularly
It’s up to all of us to ensure these practices are being followed.
Safe and Happy Easter
While this year your Easter celebrations may be very different to what you are typically used to, we wish you and your families a safe, healthy and happy Easter through these challenging times.
A summary of previous COVID-19 updates and operational changes are kept on our website, click here to access.
If you have any further questions, you can call the 24-hour security number, 0408 334 555.