A new plan has been unveiled that would see workers in Melbourne's CBD knock off early on Fridays to get more people into pubs, clubs and restaurants to kickstart the local economy.
The proposal has been put forward by the Property Council of Australia and asks workplaces to finish Friday at 4pm and receive free public transport on Fridays.
They'll also get free coffee, and breakfast would also be offered at sites across the CBD.
It would help businesses crippled by lockdown restrictions last year during the pandemic.
Property Council Victorian executive director Danni Hunter said: "Free public transport is just one way that will encourage Melburnians into the CBD on Fridays, with the extra incentive of knowing you'll get home safely after a wonderful dinner and show.
"We're calling on CBD bosses to introduce a 4 pm knock-off pledge, encouraging workers to leave the office together and either go for a walk through the city or enjoy a cheeky after-work drink."
The plan comes as 75 per cent of workers are now permitted in offices, but many are still choosing to work from home.
"We've only got 24 per cent of office workers back in the office in the CBD and that has incredibly devastating flow-on effects for Melbourne hospitality and retail venues," Hunter said.
"This idea is all about getting people back into the office on Fridays, attracting and making them excited to come back so then they'll stay, go out for a drink, go shopping, see a show on Friday night."
Hunter hopes it could bring some liveliness to the city again with the 'Fab Fridays' proposal.
"Fridays are about celebrating the week and anticipating the weekend," she said, according to the Herald Sun.
"Covid has changed so many things about our life, but the joy of catching up in person with your colleagues and friends is irreplaceable and there's no better place than in Melbourne's CBD.
"It's been so long since we've been able to get together properly be it in the office or at the pub, we know that people might need an incentive or two as extra motivation."
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