The economic cost of the 3-day Perth lockdown is at least $170 million, according to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA.
The business group released figures today that showed the average Perth business suffered losses of around $25,000 due to the strict lockdown.
Sectors to suffer the most include events, food and retail outlets.
The WA government says it will compensate business up to $2,000 for the lockdown, Premier Mark McGowan said last night.
“The cost of lockdowns is very real. This is a critical piece of analysis that governments across the nation should review,” CCI WA CEO Chris Rodwell said.
The WA Premier moved Perth to a lockdown last Friday after a man left hotel quarantine and later tested positive to Covid. A close contact of the man and a non-close contact, in a restaurant he attended, also caught the virus.
Perth went into a strict 3-day lockdown that ended on Tuesday, however mask wearing, social distancing and other restrictions remain.
Restrictions ease again at midnight tonight.