Cafe and pub owners say coronavirus restriction measures will make it unfeasible to reopen and make money.
From Friday dining areas in New South Wales can host ten patrons, but many hospitality businesses claim the costs with running their trade will leave them operating at a loss.
Businesses across the country have implemented a wealth of changes to keep themselves afloat during the coronavirus period and a soft relaunch into their regular operation will not cut it to generate a profit.
General manager of the North Bondi Golf and Diggers Club Steve Price told Daily Mail Australia there was ‘no way’ restricting his clientele would generate enough income to validate opening his doors.
‘In hospitality you’ve got to turn everything back on,’ he said. ‘It costs a lot of money just to open the door every day.’
Cafe and pub owners say it will be impassable to make a profit while operating under the governments coronavirus restrictions. Pictured: a barista at Workshop Expresso Cafe wearing a protective face mask on May 5
Under stage one of eased restrictions, dining areas can have ten customers inside. Pictured: two patrons in an empty hotel in Melbourne CBD in March
General manager of the North Bondi Golf and Diggers Club (pictured) Steve Price told Daily Mail Australia he would not be opening his doors until he could trade as normal
Mr Price has changed his business model to offer take away meals from the club restaurant and bottle shop alcohol sales from the pro shop, but would be operating at a loss to promote club events for a limited amount of customers.
‘A lot of publicans are saying even if we’re allowed x amount of people inside it wouldn’t work. We need to have a s**t load of people to make money,’ he said.
‘Under these measures we would have less people in the room, which means less turnover, plus we would need to be more vigilant with numbers and add in security and increase cleaning.
‘We would be needing more staff to do less of the work. It just doesn’t add up. Until someone says you can open and trade as normal, I wouldn’t do it.’
Manager of the Malabar Beach Cafe Tony Sem said his cafe would be open for dining under strict measures to prevent the chance of staff or customers contracting COVID-19.
‘We will be removing tables and separating people around the room to cater for customers as safely as possible,’ he said.
Manager of the Malabar Beach Cafe (pictured) Tony Sem said he will open his cafe to stop his clients from taking their business elsewhere
Many businesses throughout the country will be able to reopen as eased coronavirus restrictions are implemented in each state. Pictured: a closed sign in a Newtown restaurant window on Friday
Mr Sem said the cafe are preparing to heighten their preventative and cleaning measures by spraying every customer with hand sanitiser on arrival.
He believes many businesses will be forced to reopen or risk losing valued customers.
‘It’s not just about income only, it’s about staying in the market for your clients,’ he said.
‘If we don’t open, our customers are going to head to other businesses in the area that are open and then we lose out.
‘It’s going to be hard, but you have to do it.’
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 6,940
New South Wales: 3,054
Western Australia: 552
South Australia: 439
Australian Capital Territory: 107
Northern Territory: 29
TOTAL CASES: 6,940
Australia’s chief medical officer Brendan Murphy said businesses should refuse to serve anyone with flu-like symptoms and should send staff home if they are sick.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says the crisis is a once-in-a-political lifetime event that creates a rare opportunity to renew Australia’s federation and reshape its economy.
‘The pandemic has exposed another inconvenient truth: we are living in uncertain times and maybe our economy isn’t as resilient as we like to think,’ he will say in a speech to the Labor caucus on Monday.
‘The fact is that too much of the risk in our economy has been shifted onto those with the least capacity to manage in tougher times.
‘Our economy has become riskier and we need to think through what that means for us all.’
Mr Albanese is critical of the government’s assumption the economy will ‘snap back’.
And he says it shouldn’t have taken a pandemic for the coalition to have come around to Labor’s point of view on many areas.
That includes the need to lift unemployment payments, the vital role of unions, the importance of fast and reliable broadband, and the essential service provided by early childhood educators.
‘Let’s not snap back to insecure work, to job seekers stuck in poverty, to scientists being ignored,’ he will say.
‘We must move forward to having not just survived the pandemic, but having learned from it.’
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel in The Rocks is empty due to coronavirus restrictions on mass public gatherings on May 2