The Club Hotel's patrons enjoy a beer at the bar.
The Club Hotel's patrons enjoy a beer at the bar.

Where to safely drink in the Maranoa

ROMA’S favourite watering holes have either opened for business already or are waiting for their COVID-safe plans to open to customers under the recently eased coronavirus restrictions.

At the Club Hotel Felicity Waldron said the hotel was ready to roll with all safety measures in place and room enough, allowing 4 sqm per person, to host 300 patrons across their various spaces.

“We’ve got our COVID-safety plan in place. All the staff have done their COVID-safe training and we’ve planned out the number of people who can fit into our areas,” she said.

“It’s about keeping people safe. If you’re coming for a drink, come here because you’ll be safe.”

Under the new restrictions customers will have to sign in with their details and it’s table service only.

Ms Waldron said the hotel had taken the opportunity during their forced shutdown to renovate so returning customers will notice their nightclub had now been transformed into a Sports Bar.

The Commonwealth Hotel has also undertaken a renovation and when it reopens will be showing off a brand new bar, new flooring and a new paint job.

Publican Ben Cannon said people had been calling to find out when they were opening but they were waiting on their COVID-safe plan from the Queensland Hotels Association.

“If all goes well we’re working to a view of opening on Friday,” he said.

“It’s very regulated but that’s the way it is. We’re all working with what we’ve got. We’re all trying to make it work.”

At Wallumbilla it’s not COVID-19 that’s keeping people away from the Federal Hotel but the cold weather.

Publican Sam Semescall said they had all their safety measures in place and enough space inside to accommodate 20 patrons.

Sam said their takeaway sales were popular but at this time of year the town of mostly young families and older people preferred to stay warm at home.

The Stage 2 easing of restrictions that came into force on Monday allow unlimited travel and overnight stays for all Queenslanders and gatherings of up to 20 people per defined area. Up to 20 people are now allowed to gather in areas including homes, restaurants and pubs, public spaces, gyms, swimming pools, art galleries, museums, playgrounds, cinemas, zoos, amusement parks, theatres, libraries and beauty salons and up to 50 people are allowed at funerals. Recreational travel, camping and accommodation is permitted across the state.

Articles contributed by Margie Maccoll are supported by the Judith Nelson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.

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