Thousands of Australians have lost jobs after many major retail brands temporarily closed stores.
In spite of the fact that shopping centers remain open as well as there is no restriction on fashion retailers, some fashion brands have begun to close their shops across the country.
Michael Hill Jewellers, having 300 stores nationwide, announced on Tuesday that it would temporarily close all stores, but still kept online services running.
Michael Hill said on Facebook: “For over 40 years we’ve been helping you celebrate love, and we’re still here in whatever way works best for you!”
Brand Forever New also confirmed on Wednesday that it would close all its shops both in Australia and in New Zealand. The brand announced on Facebook: “We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well during these uncertain times.”
Gorman and Glassons have also closed all their retail stores, moving online.
Glassons stores in Australia and New Zealand are already closed on Thursday, too.
Gorman said on Instagram: “Please be kind to each other and please stay home.”
Mosaic brands – owning Rivers, Katies, and Noni B – also said it would stand down 6,800 team members across about 1,300 stores from Thursday.
Following the announcement of the government about the closure of more businesses on Tuesday night, the store closures come means more people are going to lose their jobs.
Tattoo parlors, beauty salons, youth, sport, and play centers will close from midnight Wednesday.
Meanwhile, travel firm Helloworld will sack 275 people across its global network besides standing down another 1,300 workers while Qantas has suspended 20,000 of its 30,000 workforces.
Hospitality groups such as The Federal Group Justin and Hemmes’ Merrivale empire have also suspended thousands of employees after the government’s announcement about the closure of restaurants, cafes, and licensed venues due to the spread of Covid-19.
Westpac forecasts that there will be more than 814,000 job losses leading to an 11% unemployment rate by June.