Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp slammed for saying COVID-19 was ‘good’ for city in TEDx talk

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Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp has been criticized for saying COVID-19 was “good” for the city and that the pandemic changed the CBD “for the better”.

“From lockdown to boomtown” was the theme of a speech Capp gave at a TEDx talk at the Capitol Theater on Friday afternoon.

“Not many people will stand in front of an audience like this and say that COVID has been good for something or someone,” she said in the speech.

Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp has said that COVID-19 changed Melbourne for the better. (Nine)

“But I’m here to do just that.”

She discussed how lockdowns inspired a renaissance of outdoor dining and new gourmet home delivery services.

The news media was not allowed to film Capp’s ticket presentation, but her comments still sparked a heated reaction.

Business owners have slammed the speech as premature as many Victorians are still struggling after some of the world’s longest lockdowns.

“It’s very insensitive to the people who lost lives, lost businesses, lost their education, lost their marbles,” Cherry Bar owner James Young.

“To say that COVID was good and we’ve already recovered is like playing the violin while Melbourne burns for me.”

Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp made the controversial comments during a TEDx talk. (Nine)

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said shutting down Melbourne for more than 260 days was a disaster.

“People lost their lives, people got sick, businesses were destroyed,” Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Paul Guerra said.

When asked about the comments in Capp’s speech, Opposition Leader Matthew Guy completely disagreed with them.

“Anyone who thinks it was a good thing is just hugely out of touch,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister had much less to say on the matter.

“It’s a matter for her,” Daniel Andrews said.

The Lord Mayor’s speech acknowledged that many businesses are struggling and that, with an occupancy rate of around 45 percent in city offices, there is still a lot of work to be done.

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