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It was a crazy mess, but instead of being forced to cancel their wedding, a couple from Melbourne managed to push the event up a day to avoid Victoria’s “breaker” lockdown

Mr Lazer, who is calling the Australian Open tennis, took time off last night and contacted guests, photographers, catering and the celebrant to help move his wedding forward

On Friday night, he married Sarah Levchenko (now Sarah Lazer) in a park a day ahead of schedule to avoid Victoria’s five-day coronavirus lockdown, which began at 11:59 p.m.

Of the 78 invited guests, 75 managed to change their plans for attending the quickly planned event

“I’m probably a little more stressed than in my life, but I’m fine,” Pete Lazer told ABC Radio Melbourne

After hearing the Victorian Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday afternoon, Mr Lazer said he sent dozens of text messages trying to rearrange the event

While the couple are lucky to celebrate their love, many florists across Victoria were in shock to learn of the lockdown that came just two days after Valentine’s Day – one of their biggest days of the year / p>

Florist Michael Pavlou, who has two stores in Melbourne, said the effects of shutting down the “circuit breaker” were devastating

“We hold so many perishable stocks that it may be staggering to many Victorian small businesses. We hold so much importance to red roses and perishable items that if they can’t find a home we will be transported back years”

“Valentine’s Day, it’s a big deal, people are working on it for at least a month, we’re ready and preparing all of our arrangements for a few days a team of 10 people every day,” he said

“So it’s not just the loss of the goods, it’s the work that has already been put in. You cannot restore that, and I worry about a lot of my friends who may not survive,” he said

Omar El Deek owns two Italian restaurants in South Yarra, Cosi Bar Ristorante and Cucinetta, and said the lockdown means he will have to cancel bookings for 500 people

He said news of the lockdown came as a blow on the eve of the busiest weekend of the year with Valentine’s Day and the Australian Open tennis

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“It’s going to be a big loss, it’s going to be tough, it’s a mental game, you just have to be resilient,” he said

“We probably have 20000 to 25$ 000 in food to throw in the bin Nobody will pay for it, we will, “said El Deek

“If I make mistakes as a business owner, I will be held accountable by customers, my suppliers, my employees Are politicians held accountable for their work? ”He asked

Business groups said Victorian companies were again being asked to pay the price for defects in Victoria’s hotel quarantine system

Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) chairman of the board, Paul Guerra, said the five-day ban notice caused “pandemonium” and extreme business uncertainty, which is having a “massive impact” on small businesses

“This will shake confidence not only in the next few days, but also confidence in the direction we are going as a state, “he said

He said this would have a huge impact on cash flow and in many cases it would have to write off stocks

“We just want the hotel quarantine to be repaired so that every Victorian can rest assured that the hotel quarantine won’t cause further violations,” Guerra

said

In the meantime, schools, teachers, and parents spend the weekend preparing to return to home study Most hope it will only take three days of school

Headmistress of Bentleigh Secondary College Helene Hiotis said students at the school in southeast Melbourne had generally responded well to news that the school would be closed for at least three days next week

“Most of the students at Bentleigh have done this before they will make sure that they do what they have to do so we can all get back to school as soon as possible, “said Ms. Hiotis

“Young people will be a little scared of the decision, but at the same time they are experienced and well versed in what needs to be done to keep Victorians safe,” she said

Mental health support service Beyond Blue has already seen a surge in calls following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday

After suffering from Melbourne’s 111-day Level 4 restrictions last year, Grant Blashki, the service’s senior clinical advisor, said the coming days would leave some in the community “anxious, stressed, and a bit traumatized.”

But Dr Blashki also described the Victorians as “generous” and “resilient” and urged people to try and continue the exercise routines whenever possible

“Reach out to people who are lonely or have a hard time. We’ll all get through this”

“It’s never too early to call us. You don’t have to be in a crisis. Step on the front foot, speak to a psychologist and get help early”

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