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Tourists across Victoria left frustrated over Easter long weekend

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Tourists have been left frustrated across Victoria over the Easter long weekend, with many restaurants, cafes and stores closing their doors.

Wes Lambert, CEO of Restaurants and Catering Australia, said many businesses chose to stay shut because high penalty rates made opening unprofitable.

He said it was an issue even prior to COVID-19.

“It’s always been difficult,” he said.

“The restaurant award and the Fair Work Act certainly place a lot of pressure on businesses that have a lot of casual staff.”

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