Our work, a small family run bar in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, has had to reduce the number of people within the venue for obvious health reasons. Our boss has a mortgage repayment plan, using her home as collateral for the business, and with the impending shut down she does not know how she will pay rent and bills for the business. In an effort to curb bankruptcy and business closure, she has had to fire our staff except for two workers. She is keeping myself and another worker on for one 5 hour shift a week because we have also lost our other jobs and she is supporting us as best as she can. In this time our community will greatly suffer. The many years of hard work in establishing a business and a cultural centre for culinary and artistic exchange is at risk of being lost forever for we are an ‘up and coming’ district and we’ve just hit our stride. To see the instability of all small business owners and staff at this time is staring down the barrel of social and economic ruin for years to come. We desperately need government intervention to pay staff wages and pause repayments for business owners. Bailing out the mega-corporations at this time, who have not learnt from the 2008 crisis, and have continually paid multi-million dollar kickbacks to CEOs is the government turning their backs on the Australians who make this country a unique and exciting place to be. Our hospitality industry is something worth saving as it sets us apart from the rest of the world; It employs many thousands of people and feeds millions. If we let the hospitality industry crumble today, we will lose one of the arteries that keep this country alive.