Hospitality concern at patron number limit
Several Shepparton hospitality venue owners have raised concerns about the viability of opening with the flagged capacity restrictions once the city is out of lockdown.
Stage 4 coronavirus restrictions are on track to lift next week for Greater Shepparton and, if they do, hospitality venues will be restricted to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 20 people outdoors.
Shepparton’s Aussie Hotel owner Paul Tsorbaris said the limits would not be worth opening for.
‘‘I honestly think that even in the other regional areas, there’ll be a lot of hospitality that won’t open,’’ he said.
‘‘It would cost more in power than to have 10 people inside.’’
Kialla’s The Woolshed owner Angela Mangiameli said her business would also not be able to open for that number of patrons and she could understand if small businesses could not open with the forthcoming restrictions.
‘‘It’s an absolute waste of time with those numbers,’’ she said.
There is also uncertainty about when the strict capacity limits would ease further, which has left
I HONESTLY THINK THAT EVEN IN THE OTHER REGIONAL AREAS, THERE’ LLBEA LOT OF HOSPITALITY THAT WON’T OPEN. IT WOULD COST MORE IN POWER THAN TO HAVE 10 PEOPLE INSIDE. — PAUL TSORBARIS
many hospitality owners in limbo about when they might be able to open.
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Paul Guerra said business owners needed clarity about when they could expect to open their doors again.
‘‘Yesterday’s conservative easing for regional Victoria
was a step in the right direction, but we need hope and certainty about what comes next,’’ he said.
The chamber’s own COVID-19 Recovery Roadmap details a threephase plan to open back up, proposing businesses in regional areas with no trace of COVID-19 for 14 days should be able to open with
25 per cent capacity and a maximum of 150 people.
Shepparton’s Sherbourne Terrace owner Nick Zurcas said he was confused as to why the government hadn’t stuck to the one-person-per-foursquare-metres rule.
‘‘I think the quarter capacity, the four-squaremetre rule seems to be from the past a viable alternative,’’ he said.
‘‘Anything under that seems to be a bit scary.’’
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley told reporters at yesterday’s press conference that the strict restrictions for hospitality venues were necessary.
‘‘We understand the focus of this set of measures, as cautious as they are, is hopefully a first step,’’ he said.
‘‘As we move into the warmer weather, whether it’s in hospitality or education, or frankly any walk of life, the more we can do outdoors, the more opportunities there are for us to safely reopen.’’