EASED RESTRICTIONS: What does it mean for Roma pubs?
FROM today, locals can enjoy further easing of coronavirus restrictions, with more people allowed in beer gardens and larger crowds allowed.
In another step closer to ‘business as usual’, the amount of people allowed in an outdoor public space has increased to one person every 2sq m, instead of the previous 4sq m rule, as of 1am today, October 1.
Publican Felicity Waldron of The Club Hotel Motel said it’s “fabulous news” for their venue, particularly for their new refurbished ‘Outback beer garden’.
“For us, it’s really great news, especially with our Outback beer garden and we can have double the amount of people,” Mrs Waldron said.
“It’ll make it more entertaining and vibrant with a bigger audience.”
The Club Hotel Motel is leading the way into ‘silly season’ with a bang with live music every Sunday in October in the beer garden.
“We have Russell Dewhurst, a local playing this Sunday and it was previously all booked out but now with the eased restrictions we can invite a lot more people,” she said.
“The fact we can now have 80 people in there, it means those who want to have functions can also have that whole space rather than sharing other areas with patrons.
“Especially with people booking for their Christmas parties, it’s outdoors and it’s getting hotter – it’s going to be great.”
Justin Garvie, owner of the Royal on the Ninety-Nine said these new restrictions won’t affect his business an awful lot, but he said it’s positive to see restrictions begin to ease.
“We’re travelling along really well, we’ve had great support for the locals,” Mr Garvie said.
“These new restrictions won’t impact us too much because we only have small outside area and the balcony upstairs.
“But it does mean we can have a few extra, every bit helps.
“But we already have good numbers and have to turn people away as it is.
“It is positive to see the restrictions ease and I hope it continues this way, especially for regional towns.”