Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - SAM TURNER

NORTH Burnett res­i­dents ven­tured out of their homes to en­joy dine-in meals across the re­gion at the week­end.

Stage one of the State Gov­ern­ment’s road map started on Satur­day, al­low­ing hos­pi­tal­ity venues and beauty busi­nesses to serve up to 10 pa­trons at a time.

Cafes and pubs rolled the dice on whether it was vi­able to open their doors, even if it was to a hand­ful of cus­tomers at a time.

Monto res­i­dents Dil­lyn Pot­gi­eter and Lucy Stan­ley were happy to get out of the house and support Cafe De­li­cious by sit­ting down.

“We usu­ally go be­tween both cafes to help dur­ing these times,” Mr Pot­gi­eter said.

“It was nice to go out­side to­day as well, we’ve been miss­ing just go­ing out for cof­fee and lunch,” Ms Stan­ley added.

Monto Cof­fee Lounge owner Dave Horder said cafes that opened for dine-in ser­vice had to ad­here to strict guide­lines con­cern­ing cus­tomers and hy­giene.

“Ev­ery­one who sits down has to write down their name and con­tact num­ber in case some­thing happens,” Mr Horder said.

“We also have to dis­in­fect ev­ery ta­ble after people leave, so there’s a bit more to it than just open­ing.”

Mun­gungo Pub own­ers Dani Meers and Ray Mor­ris de­cided to open for dine-in book­ings, which meant dis­in­fect­ing ta­bles after each cus­tomer.

“Hon­estly, I think ev­ery­one is sick to death of sit­ting at home,” Ms Meers said.

“How nice is it to sit down and have a meal, and have a chat, even if it is for an hour?”

The Mun­gungo Pub is only taking book­ings, no walk-in cus­tomers at this stage.

Pic­tures: Sam Turner

OUT AND ABOUT AGAIN: Lucy Stan­ley and Dil­lyn Pot­gi­eter en­joy the chance to take a seat at Cafe De­li­cious in Monto once again.

Dani Meers dis­in­fects ta­bles at the Mun­gungo Pub.

Bev­er­ley McTack­ett and Jack Wood at the Monto Cof­fee Lounge.

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