The director of an Albany accounting firm has called for calm and compassion, with the city and its businesses in uncharted waters.
Porters CA Albany director Jodi Bradley, pictured, said the Government was doing what it could to mobilise financial relief, but it faced a huge logistical task.
She said it had been a devastating couple of weeks, with some businesses closing down and people losing their jobs.
Porters CA has been telling clients it was important to remember the big picture — that ultimately, mental and personal health were more important than finances, Ms Bradley said.
“The long run is always better than the short run feels,” she said.
“We haven’t been invaded, nothing has been destroyed.
“People have lost their jobs, but you look outside York Street and it will still look exactly the same as it did. The beaches are the same, the parks are the same and the shops are the same.
“We just don’t have the ability to spend cash in shops and keep it flowing.”
Ms Bradley said the priority had to be controlling the COVID-19 outbreak
“Once we have flattened the curve, all the infrastructure is there at a point in the future to get going again,” she said.
“We just need to get it under control first. Be nice to each other and be generous.”