Melbourne may never fully recover from the second COVID-19 lockdown 

With boarded-up shops, abandoned businesses and restaurant chairs left to rot on the street, Melbourne resembles disaster zone.

Stark images from Australia's second biggest city lay bare the scale of destruction wrought by Daniel Andrews' stage-four lockdown.

Graffiti covers empty office blocks, for-lease signs line shop windows and a mural of Mr Andrews smirking presides over a deserted street.      

Devastation: With boarded-up shops, abandoned businesses and restaurant chairs left to rot on the street, Melbourne resembles disaster zone

Devastation: With boarded-up shops, abandoned businesses and restaurant chairs left to rot on the street, Melbourne resembles disaster zone

Empty streets: Graffiti covers empty office blocks, for lease signs line shop windows and a mural (pictured) of Mr Andrews smiling presides over a deserted street

Empty streets: Graffiti covers empty office blocks, for lease signs line shop windows and a mural (pictured) of Mr Andrews smiling presides over a deserted street

Bleak: Stark images from Australia's second biggest city lay bare the scale of destruction wrought by Daniel Andrews' stage-four lockdown. Pictured: An empty office

Bleak: Stark images from Australia's second biggest city lay bare the scale of destruction wrought by Daniel Andrews' stage-four lockdown. Pictured: An empty office

Economic destruction: As up to 400,000 residents are pushed out of work, a backlash against the draconian lockdown is gaining momentum. Pictured: Empty Lygon Street in Melbourne on Thursday

Economic destruction: As up to 400,000 residents are pushed out of work, a backlash against the draconian lockdown is gaining momentum. Pictured: Empty Lygon Street in Melbourne on Thursday

A city in strife: Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp estimated that as many as 15 per cent of businesses in her city will never open again after such a long period without income. Pictured: An office covered in graffiti

A city in strife: Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp estimated that as many as 15 per cent of businesses in her city will never open again after such a long period without income. Pictured: An office covered in graffiti 

As up to 400,000 residents are pushed out of work, a backlash against the draconian lockdown is gaining momentum. 

Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp estimated that as many as 15 per cent of businesses in her city will never open again after such a long period without income.

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs believes that stage four restrictions, which have shut all non-essential businesses and introduced an 8pm curfew for six weeks, are causing a 'humanitarian tragedy'.

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs believes that stage four restrictions, which have shut all non-essential businesses and introduced an 8pm curfew for six weeks, are causing a 'humanitarian tragedy'. Pictured: A property for lease

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs believes that stage four restrictions, which have shut all non-essential businesses and introduced an 8pm curfew for six weeks, are causing a 'humanitarian tragedy'. Pictured: A property for lease

Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the IPA, told Daily Mail Australia: 'The scourge of mass unemployment, widespread closure of small businesses, and isolation and loneliness is spreading across the state.' Pictured: Lygon Street

Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the IPA, told Daily Mail Australia: 'The scourge of mass unemployment, widespread closure of small businesses, and isolation and loneliness is spreading across the state.' Pictured: Lygon Street

Federal housing minister Michael Sukkar last week warned Victoria is facing 'permanent damage'. Pictured: A cafe sends a message to its customers

Federal housing minister Michael Sukkar last week warned Victoria is facing 'permanent damage'. Pictured: A cafe sends a message to its customers

Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the IPA, told Daily Mail Australia: 'The scourge of mass unemployment, widespread closure of small businesses, and isolation and loneliness is spreading across the state.'

'Many Victorians have forgotten what it is like to live and are losing hope. Work, community participation, sport, and connections with family and friends are what makes life worth living. 

'The devastation of the lockdown measures will be with Victorians and Australians for generations.'

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