Regional businesses remain open behind closed doors

CLEVER: Country SA business owners and managers find ways to keep their non-essential services operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Supplied
CLEVER: Country SA business owners and managers find ways to keep their non-essential services operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Supplied

Smart managers and owners of public eatery and beverage venues in country South Australia are cleverly executing takeaway options in response to the closure of doors amid the coronavirus crisis.

From midday, Monday March 22, pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes and winery cellar doors close to the public nationally after a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases at the weekend.

The move was outlined by the federal government on Sunday.

Yet many resilient regional business around the state enacted smart business plans at the weekend by providing safe takeaway and home delivery options.

New on the scene, family-owned Seabrook Wines in the Barossa Valley, responded with a "quick" and "safe" option for their customers to buy wine.

In a social media post announced on Saturday, the family launched their Seabrook Drive Through Cellar Door.

The initiative is aimed at supporting their business while working through a "pretty agile" environment.

"We recognise that some people don't want to take risks by getting out and about, but still want their favourite treats. Wine!," the post shared.

Similarly, in Barossa's west, staff at Greenock Tavern took the bull by the horns last Tuesday, telling their loyal patrons their health and safety was "first and foremost".

"Over the coming weeks you will notice us taking extra care ... to ensure the hotel is maintained to the highest hygiene standards," their social media post shared.

The small family business reminded customers of their normal takeaway options which included special deals.

What remains open:

  • Chemists, post offices, banks
  • Supermarkets, petrol stations
  • Convenience stores
  • Hairdressers and beauticians

What has been shut

  • Pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes, cellar doors
  • Churches and other places of worship, cinemas
  • Gyms, public/community centres

At a media conference on Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison left open the option of more restrictions of businesses.

He said that by "not doing the right thing", people's actions had implications for others in the community.