Proserpine diners enjoy new relaxed rules
THE easing of restrictions on dining, announced on Sunday, have been met with mixed feelings by Proserpine eateries
In what was a surprise to some people, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Queenslanders would be able to undertake unlimited travel throughout the entire state from midday on Monday (June 1).
Under the updated plan, there was also a further easing of restrictions at pubs, cafes and restaurants, which can now welcome 20 patrons while adhering to social distancing rules including allowing each patron an area of four square metres.
Owner of 22 Buttercup Lane Amanda Yuskan said 20 was "a lot easier" than the previous restrictions when only 10 people were allowed at one time.
"It was a bit of a surprise to everyone," Mrs Yuskan said, adding the locals had been supporting the cafe since the first stage of relaxed restrictions came in.
"We can now have 20 in the premises, which is a lot easier as it allows for a lot more people to dine in and we are fortunate to have sufficient space to do 1.5 metre social distancing while seated.
"Plus, if you operate under a COVID safe checklist you can go for 20 people per dining area, if you have different, distinct dining areas.
"We are going to go for it so we can have 40 people - 20 diners inside and 20 diners outside.
"Twenty's great - it gives you more freedom and will allow us to have larger groups while still adhering to the social distancing rules."
Mrs Yuskan said people seemed to be enjoying the new relaxed rules.
"We are seeing more and more people coming out and enjoying themselves and catching up with their friends, as they've not been able to do it for so long."
Manager of the Prince of Wales Hotel Steve Longmuir said the relaxed restrictions were good but dining was not his core business, accommodation was.
"We can now do 20 people if the venue can support it and we are fortunate that we have a massive area," he said.
"We have a front section and a back section and there's space between them, so we can have 20 people in each section and still stick to the four square metres per person rule.
"However, my primary function is a hotel - meals are secondary to the main purpose - they are important but not the main purpose of the venue.
"I would have to generate enough revenue to start up my cold rooms."
On Sunday, the Premier said Queenslanders' outstanding response to the Covid-19 pandemic had allowed the travel restrictions to be lifted ahead of a planned move to Stage Two of the Roadmap to easing Queensland's Restrictions originally scheduled for June 12.