As COVID-19 restrictions gradually ease, we check in with the region’s biggest venues to find out when they plan to reopen.
Under the Federal and State Governments’ staged easing of restrictions, venues will be permitted to offer dining for a maximum of 10 patrons at a time (no bars or gaming) during stage one which is effective from 11.59pm on May 15.
During stage two (from 11.50pm on June 12), this number will increase to a maximum of 20 people with the option of more for those with an approved COVID-safe plan. The number of patrons will increase to a maximum of 100 for stage three, from 11.59 on July 10. The introduction of each stage is dependent on continued containment of COVID-19.
Dolphins general manager Justin Charlish says, in the short-term, the leagues club won’t be opening to 10 patrons at a time, but reopening in some capacity might be possible during that initial four-week period “if the club is ready to go and staff have been trained”.
The club is finalising its COVID-19 safety plan this week and all staff will complete a COVID-19 infectious control course in the coming weeks.
Justin says making sure the venue is a safe place for members and guests, of all ages, is his number one priority.
Touch-free sanitiser units are being installed in the club and the fitness centre, in addition to the free-standing units put in before the shutdown.
“There will be touch-free entry for all members and for non-members we have substantially minimised the need to touch anything as we have electronic sign-in process. We will also have regular headcounts, every 30 mins, and standard protocol for all health and safety aspects of the business as well as the COVID-19 Safety Checklist that will be advised to all licensed venues every day,” he explains.
“What Dolphins have realised is that each day, week the goal posts move. Being fluid and evolving is a strength of Dolphins and will continue to be during this challenge.”
Dolphins will, however, be looking to open its gym at Dolphins Health Precinct to 10 people at a time, with hourly bookings. There will be outdoor training sessions on offer, using the main, junior and training fields. At this stage, the pool will remain closed.
Part of the Dolphins’ charter has been to support the local community, and it has done so for many years through grants and sponsorship. Justin is calling on the community to support the club, that supports them.
“Now is the time we need the community to help Dolphins,” he says.
“We want to come back just as strong as when we closed, if not stronger. The only reason we can offer the prices we offer on our meals, promotions and junior rugby league registration is because the community uses our facility.
“We want to give people the confidence to come out. People are going to have reservations about coming out of their homes and dining out, but we can’t offer what we currently offer if people stay away.”
During the shutdown, which resulted in more than 200 staff being stood down, the club has linked with a training organisation to help its employees further their education in the industry. They’ve been working towards a Certificate 4 Diploma in Hospitality Management.
“Some found it quite tough with home schooling to do, but jumped at the chance to upskill themselves,” Justin says.
From May 21, the venue will offer takeaway meals and coffee via phone ordering and pick-up (max 10 people at a time), takeaway liquor through reception, sit down café with a limit of 10 people. The RSL will be open Sunday to Tuesday 11am-3pm; Wednesday to Saturday 11am-8pm. Visit the website or Facebook page
There will be no changes to how the club is operating at this stage and it will continue to offer takeaway meals. There may be changes when restrictions ease in line with stage 2. Visit the website or Facebook page
For stage 1, the venues will continue to offer takeaway menus only. There are plans to open the clubs’ cafes for stage 2, with limited menus and times. The clubs plan to open up all areas for stage 3, in line with patron number restrictions and other guidelines.
Will open up seating for 10 guests at a time on its deck area so guests can dine in at their leisure and enjoy meals from its takeaway kiosk. At this stage, the Boardwalk Restaurant will not open to dine-in patrons but may when 20 patrons are permitted (stage 2). Visit the website or Facebook page
At this stage, both venues are expected to reopen at stage 3; with the hope that a continued low transmission rate, community compliance, and the potential development of a thorough Covid-19 Management Plan through industry body QHA will expedite the timings and bring stage 3 forward from the proposed date of July 10. Visit The Belvedere and Mon Komo Hotel websites
At this stage, the club will not be opening under stage 1 (10 people), but is reviewing government direction daily. If government plans don’t change, it is most likely to reopen in mid-July when stage 3 of the easing of restrictions is expected. The club’s kitchens are being used by Pine Rivers and District Meals on Wheels, which is experiencing high demand. Visit the website or Facebook page