Southwest pubs receive part of $11.5m COVID ‘care packages’
SEVERAL pubs and clubs around southwest Queensland have already received Bundaberg Rum's Raising the Bar COVID-safe care packs to ensure residents can feel confident about going to their local to have a drink and a meal.
The 'Bear Cares Safety' packages which include hand sanitiser, dispensers, PPE and thermal scanners, are part of Bundaberg Rum's $11.5m Raising The Bar initiative to support venues in providing COVID-safe environments for their patrons.
Southwest Queensland pubs and clubs to receive the packages include:
- The Club Hotel Motel Roma
- Hotel Corones Charleville
- Charleville Cattle Camp Hotel Motel
- Charleville RSL Memorial Club
- Charleville Golf Club
- Billabong Hotel Motel Cunnamulla
- Warrego Hotel Cunnamulla
Angus McPherson, Managing Director at Bundaberg Rum's parent company Diageo Australia says, "Bundaberg Rum is proud to do its bit to help Aussie pubs, bars and clubs instil confidence in their patrons that they can safely return to their local".
"This is an ongoing initiative, so I encourage any publican or bar owner to go on to the Diageo Bar Academy website and apply for one of our packages."
"Everyone wants to get back to doing the things they love, and that includes coming together with friends or family at the pub.
"We're delighted by the response the Raising The Bar initiative has had so far, with more than 500 packages on their way to venues right around the country, from the Theatre Royal in Broken Hill to The Outlander Hotel in Mt Isa.
"The Bear Cares Safety packages help ease the ongoing financial burden for venues who now have to regularly purchase costly safety equipment and supplies such as hand sanitiser and PPE."
"With research indicating that only one in four Australians feel confident about returning to their local pub, bar or club, programs like Raising The Bar and the work venues are doing to make their places COVID-safe will help address those concerns."
Recent market research found almost a quarter of Australian men (24%), and just under one in three Australian women (31%), say they do not feel confident returning to their local pub, club or bar for a social occasion.
The research, a nationally representative online poll conducted in August 2020 with more than 500 Australians aged 18+, found the top three things that would make them feel more confident about returning to their local were:
- The venue has COVIDSafe accreditation with safety protocols in place
- That staff have received COVIDSafe training
- The venue has safety equipment like thermal scanners, hand sanitisers and personal protective equipment for staff
Raising the Bar will directly support jobs, recovery and innovation in the Australian hospitality industry.
Pre-COVID-19 Australian pubs, bars and clubs employed more than 500,000 Australians and contributed $17.2 billion in revenue.