Following news that non-essential services, including pubs and clubs, would need to be shut down until further notice amid the coronavirus pandemic, some business owners are getting creative.
Two pubs in Sydney, two further north of Sydney so far, have been transformed into convenience stores so that they can be considered essential services and still gain some business during this tough time.
The changes come after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Sunday evening that a statewide lockdown of non-essential facilities would occur from midday on Monday.
In a bid to remain open and keep paying their staff and bills, The Tudor Hotel in Redfren, The Royal Hotel in Leichhardt, Seabreeze Beach Hotel at South West Rocks and the Toormina Hotel in Coffs Harbour have all turned into supply stores.
The owner of the venues, NSW publican Marty Short, said that he’s been gathering local produce and essential items for the past week anticipating the decision that came from the federal government on Sunday night.
He hopes that this new way of creating business at his venues will help keep his staff employed while also giving local suppliers the opportunity to further their income.
“We’re working with butches and backers and other small business owners and we’ve even got some toilet paper,” Mr Short said to AAP.
“This is a chance for the community to support and buy local and avoid the crowds and panic at the supermarkets.”
Mr Short’s new businesses are adhering to social distancing also with markings in place on the floor and hand sanitiser stations placed throughout.
“It’s important to support small business and families through these tough times,” he added.