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On the first Monday since the workplace mask ban was lifted, there was an increase in CBD foot traffic
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On the first Monday since the workplace mask ban was lifted, there was an increase in CBD foot traffic

Foot traffic increased by 25% in Docklands at the intersection of Spencer and Bourke streets.

Occupations and employment in Victorian times The long-awaited return to work has been characterized as a “fizzer” by David Southwick.

““We expected to see more people back, and we expected to see the city back to life,” he added.

““We know if the Andrews government doesn’t have a plan to bring workers back, then Monday and Friday will simply be a public holiday.”

While the Department of Transport data did not reveal a significant rise in peak-hour automobile traffic, the number of people exiting Melbourne CBD rail stations increased significantly.

According to studies, Mondays and Fridays will be popular days to work from home, thus the road network will be “busier over the next few days,” according to a Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

Many Melburnians have adopted a flexible schedule for returning to work in the CBD, like Ashwin George, an EY consultant. For the last month, he has been visiting the workplace once a week.

“I think there’s a bit of a change happening – masks are off and the recommendation to work from home is gone as well, so I think those factors lead to more people in the office,” he added.

“People are starting to come back, but we’ll really see how many today.”

Stewart Holmes, standing beneath the Flinders Street Station clocks, predicted that returning to work would be a “slow process” that would pay off in the long run.

“There will be a little bit of hesitancy, but once people get back into the rhythm, they’ll realise you do business by talking to people, not by staring at a screen,” he added.

“We’ve just got a new office that’s just been opened, and combine that with the fact that masks are off, I think you’ll expect to see a lot more people.”

On the first Monday since the workplace mask ban was lifted, there was an increase in CBD foot traffic

Early on Monday, demand for ride-share cars was high, with a journey from the city’s northern suburbs to the CBD costing $88 vs $27 normally.

On Monday, students returned in large numbers to the city, with face-to-face study resuming at a number of prominent Melbourne institutions on the opening day of the semester.

Tara Kennedy, a Torrens University naturopathy student, said the epidemic had made her “more reclusive,” and she planned to only visit the CBD for tutorials before returning home.

“I do feel pretty comfortable coming in though because everyone is vaccinated now”

“And there’s a level of people wanting to stay away from people, everyone is giving each other more space, not getting up close and personal.

“I think most people will probably still wear masks, it’s just a subconscious thing now.”

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