School holidays, traditionally a peak time of year for shopping centres and their tenants, have again been disrupted by a Covid lockdown.

The last lockdown, in Easter, was also during school holidays.

A number of shopping centres have arranged school holiday activities which will resume this week.

Logan Central Plaza has organised glow-in-the-dark mini golf opposite K-Mart, Logan City Centre has sand art sessions in its centre court, and Hyperdome has a schedule of holiday activities.

But each shopping centre is already a week behind.

Logan Chamber of Commerce president Stewart Fleming said school holidays were prime time for some shops which would now have to wait another three months for trade that in some cases pays for ensuing downtime.

A Springwood Mall spokesperson said it was important to keep everyone safe.

But she acknowledged retailers were significantly disrupted by lockdown.

“Usually during school holidays, we provide school holiday programs for customers with children, but when there is a lockdown these activities are cancelled,” she said.

“After the lockdown it takes time for people to feel confident in shopping again, so the lockdown does have a short-term impact once it is lifted.

“Everyone feels the pinch during lockdown, even the major supermarkets. The day before lockdown the supermarkets and fresh food are extremely busy. During lockdown customer traffic is significantly down.”

Prior to lockdown, deputy premier Steven Miles urged people not to panic buy, and stressed that loading docks and distribution centres would ensure continued supply of stock.

“We are not running out of products, but need to get products to supermarket shelves as quickly as possible,” he said.

“I want to thank our retailers and delivery drivers ensuring we can all get our hands on essentials. We’ve done this before, we have been through lockdowns and restrictions and together we can get through this again.”

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