Mixed response from eateries to easing of Covid-19 restrictions

Some cafes and restaurants owners say they be able to provide dine-in on Monday while others say they will wait until the restrictions have been relaxed further. File picture

THERE has been a mixed response from cafes and restaurants in Yanchep, Two Rocks, Jindalee and Gingin after the McGowan Government’s announcement of the easing of some Covid-19 restrictions.

From Monday, May 18 cafés and restaurants can re-open to provide dining-in meal services but are limited to 20 patrons and the 4sqm rule.

Sue Dash from Chocolate Drops in the Yanchep National Park and Gino Quiligotti from Jindalee Beach Shack said their businesses would remain takeaway only until restrictions on the number of patrons were eased further hopefully in phase 3.

Oscar & Sons in Two Rocks, which has been offering takeaway only is expecting to open on Tuesday for dine-in customers.

Kerry Enright from the Guilderton General Store and Café and Jan Devlin from the Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory on Military Rd, Yeal in the Shire of Gingin said their patrons would be able to dine-in starting from Monday.

On Facebook The Pickled Herring says it will be opening on Monday while Neptune’s Café says it will be closed for one week from yesterday Thursday, May 14 for maintenance.

Pubs, bars, clubs and hotels as long as they follow the 20 patrons and the 4sqm rule are also allowed to open.

ALH Group state manager WA Ric Torchia said the Tavern @ the Rocks would not be opening on Monday as it was being renovated but the Wanneroo Tavern would open later in the week.

One business owner said she was worried the general public would see the relaxing of the restrictions as an opportunity to congregate in groups of 10 to 20 without adhering to the social distancing regulations that would still be in place.

The owner said nobody could predict if WA would get a second round of Covid-19 during the next couple of months due to the lowering of some of the restrictions.

But if a second wave did happen businesses could be back to the beginning and having to reprogram every strategy again.

The state government has said if businesses or premises want to re-open on May 18 they would be required to complete an official COVID Safety Plan.