By Declan Norrie, Treasurer
Coronavirus restrictions in the ACT have been eased significantly as of Saturday, 16 May 2020. This allows more businesses to open up a little more, and for more activities outdoors. According to the ABC, venues like cafes, restaurants and pubs can now seat up to 10 customers at a time to dine in-house. This might not seem like a monumental shift, but this is effectively opening up Canberra’s hospitality industry – slowly, but surely. Canberrans can now take their kids to public playgrounds and utilise nature reserves and national parks (except for Namadgi National Park which remains closed after January’s bush fires). If cabin fever has hit you hard, these relaxations on restrictions are cause for celebration alone!
We are seeing Canberra open back up, and I think we’re just as excited as you to get back out into the community and support local business at their places of operation. We’re so excited that, in anticipation for further eases of restrictions, we are planning our first couple of face to face events. What will these look like? Most likely a small maximum attendance event (perhaps even 10, after the success of the virtual happy hour) in partnership with a local business that is trying something a little different. We will keep these events hyper-local and look to get people in the “hubs” of Canberra down to their respective “local” to meet people from their locality and chat over a couple of drinks.
Watch this space as we operationalise ideas such as the one above and more as we try to support local business and rebuild a sense of community by giving Canberra’s Gals a hassle-free, safe way to interact with each other.