Getting back to normal for pubs and club
The transition back to a more normal way of life will take a further step next week with the reopening of pubs and clubs from Monday, June 1. For Guyra this means that the doors will reopen at three local establishments who were forced to close their doors or limit trading in late March when restrictions were imposed due to COVID-19.
The Guyra Bowling Club will put out the welcome mat from 12pm on Monday with all services operating. Secretary/Manager Betty Bourke said that the sudden shutdown affected the business every which way and will have a big impact financially. Only the Bistro was able to stay open on a takeaway only basis and was well supported.
They will be operating under new guidelines which will see only 50 people allowed, and they have to be seated. Betty said that while she is pleased to be reopening, it will mean they have to operate in a different way to what they are used to.
Accessing the jobkeeper allowance has meant that four employees were able to be paid and kept on, Sporting wise the club also welcomed back golfers to competition on the weekend and expect that bowlers will be back on the greens next week.
Guyra Hotel Licensee Mick Shiner is also looking forward to reopening next week and despite the restrictions that are in place he believes it will basically be business as usual.
He said he is looking forward to throwing open the doors and welcoming people in for a meal or just to catch up over a drink.
The Jobkeeper scheme means they have been able to look after all employees and they have been kept busy painting and cleaning during the lockdown so patrons can expect to see the premises looking fresh and new when the doors open.
He also said that he is aware that everyone still needs to be sensible and do the right thing and hopes that everyone enjoys the opportunity to get together and appreciate their mates and friends.
The Royal Hotel continued to operate a takeaway service during the shutdown, but will reopen the premises from Monday for those who have been missing the opportunity to catch up over a beer or two.
Owner Naomi Davidson said that they will be welcoming back their regulars and visitors, while adhering to the new guidelines. She thinks customers will find it hard to sit rather than stand, but they will try to make things as normal as possible for everyone.
At this stage they plan to open the kitchen seven nights a week and for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday. They were able to keep the kitchen trading for takeaway thanks to the Jobkeeper payments and while it was a totally different sort of trade, they have appreciated the support during this time.
There have been some changes taking place and renovations have been undertaken with the front bar refurbished and the front wall stripped back to expose the original brickwork.