The boss of one of Australia's biggest retail groups has called on shopping centre owners to take more responsibility for coronavirus safety by introducing temperature checks.
Premier Investments chairman Solomon Lew outlined his concerns about the Covid-19 threat to shoppers and workers on the same day Smiggle and Peter Alexander helped strong full-year earnings.
The retail kingpin believes customers should have their temperature checked upon arrival at shopping cente entrances rather than the burden falling to individual shops.
'Who is paying the rent,' Mr Lew said.
'Without the stores, the malls have got nothing.'
One retail boss has called for shopping centre owners to take more responsibility for Covid-19 safety by checking the temperature of customers
'Mall owners have to take more responsibility. They are the ones letting people into the centres.'
He said each shop in a centre could not be expected to have staff dedicated to screening visitors.
Victoria recorded 766 new cases on Thursday, the highest number of daily infections the state has reported throughout the entire pandemic while NSW recorded 1,063 cases.
Premier had previously learned of coronavirus infections at shopping centres through health departments, rather than the centre owners, Mr Lew said.