More permanent travel agency closures appear inevitable after the Victorian government ordered all non-essential retailers to shut their doors from Thursday for six weeks as part of its onerous Stage 4 Restrictions.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the new restrictions in a last-ditch bid to bring the rampant spread of coronavirus in the state under control. This includes brick and mortar travel agents.

Hundreds of Victorians are now testing positive each day – virtually all community transmission – with the trend consistently accelerating from the end of June, peaking on July 29 with 682 infections.

The most recent figures show 429 Victorians tested positive on August 2 following 636 infections the day before.

Retail travel has been hit exceptionally hard by international and state border closures.

Industry leaders Flight Centre and Helloworld have already announced more than 225 store closures around Australia.

It seems certain others will follow as the Victorian economy – Australia’s second largest – slows to a crawl.

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