The Australian Hotels Association NSW (AHA) has welcomed a raft of State and Federal Government initiatives aimed at supporting businesses and staff during the current COVID lockdown but pubs and clubs on the Central Coast are still doing it tough.
Gosford Hotel owner, Jordan Harris, said like all other venues, the hotel was in shutdown mode.
“We do have one bottle shop open so that’s a good thing,” he said.
“The support for staff from the Government is good but we are still looking at the full details of help for businesses.
“I don’t see it saving us from losing a lot of money while we’re closed.
“We’re seeing at least $10,000 in lost revenue each week and when you throw in overheads, our losses are probably a lot more.
“We’re more worried about our staff than anything else; we’re staying in touch and making sure they are getting the government payments due to them.”
The restrictions came as a double blow to the Gosford Hotel, which was in the last six weeks of its 18-month renovation.
“The renovations have come to a grinding halt and we’re not sure how that will impact us cost-wise,” Harris said.
“It would be much better if we were not counted as part of Greater Sydney.
“We have had so few cases and have been very diligent in our COVID safe practices.”
Harris said he was not confident the lockdown would end on July 30.
“Hopefully the Government will get on top of it and we will re-open sooner rather than later,” he said.
AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said the latest lockdown had been devastating for staff and hoteliers.
“NSW hotels have operated at a maximum of 50 per cent capacity for the past 16 months and the latest lockdown has hit particularly hard,” he said.
“More than 50,000 Greater Sydney- based hotel staff are now out of work.
“The pubs might be closed but the bills keep coming in.
“This (government) support will allow us to keep our head above water during this difficult time so we’re able to open our doors when the lockdown ends.”