The people behind South Australia’s pubs are urging the state government to allow them to open up their doors in time for the June long weekend.
The Advertiser reports that SA’s hoteliers are urging Premier Steven Marshall to allow pubs to reopen for at least 50 patrons.
The calls come as warnings sound that about 20 per cent of the state’s pubs could find themselves needing to close from COVID-19’s economic hit.
Premier Steven Marshall has said that he supports the reopening of pubs but would not commit to bringing forward the reopening or raising the capacity.
The Premier says that pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes would need to reopen in a way that is both profitable without undoing the work done on tackling the coronavirus up until this point.
Estimates put the number of hospitality jobs lost throughout the pandemic at about 18,000 in South Australia.
While SA’s cafe and restaurants have already been allowed to reopen for outdoor dining, other states have moved faster on allowing pubs to open their doors once again.
All other states have also either already allowed the consumption of alcohol or will soon allow the consumption of alcohol with meals.