Embattled hospitality venues happy

Pie in the Sky’s Jane Dean and Alicia Wilson.

Tumut hospitality venues are celebrating the end of lockdown in the Snowy Valley, to come into effect at 12.01am tomorrow.

“Today is a good day,” Royal Hotel licencee Greg Kabar said.

“The Riverina is being rewarded for its non-existent case numbers, basically.’

He said the Royal would be open on Saturday, Sunday and everyday going forward when possible.

“But people have to be mindful that it will be like when we opened up last year,” he said.

“There will be masks and people remaining seated, and limited space.”

He is optimistic that patrons will stick to the rules.

“Last year everyone fell into the habits very well,” he said.

He expects Tumut pubs to be popular over the weekend.

“People will be coming to have a nice cold tab beer and they will all get one, but we will have to work withing the guidelines.”

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There will be a lot of conditions with being open.

“The last thing we want is to be open for two or three days and closed again for a fortnight.”

Pie in the Sky bakery co-proprietor Jane Dean is similarly happy, but wants Tumut to retain its Covid-free status.

“It’s great, as long as people who aren’t meant to come here don’t come,” she said. 

She said it had been hard for the bakery since the August 14 lockdown of regional NSW, and was hoping to return staff to their normal hours and reopen the second bakery, Born and Bread.

“We will assess everything over the weekend,” she said.

The Coach House Kitchen in Russell Street will actually be open fewer days now the lockdown is ending.

“We have been open for seven days the last few weeks, to make sure everyone had a coffee (strictly takeaway of course) a cake and a smile,” proprietor Simone Guascoine said.

“People have relied on us for a social connection.”

The café will return to opening five days a week and will add Friday evening when the weather gets warmer.

Ms Guascoine is delighted with the news.

“How exciting; it is almost back to normal,” she said.

Kat’s Whiskas café proprietor Clara Packard is grateful our region remained Covid-free, making the announcement possible.

“We are also grateful to our customers for supporting us (through the lockdown),” she said.

“The support for us and other hospitality venues has been amazing. Everyone, customers and businesses adapted well.”

Coffee Pedaler proprietor Matthew Lucas called the announcement “fantastic news.”

“It is fantastic news; good for the town and really great news for hospitality venues. We can get back to some normality.”

The lockdown has been tough on the business.

“It has been really difficult; we have had no tourists in town to help us recover,” he said.

“Until NSW opens completely in late October, we won’t be able to trade normally.”