Up to 200 diners allowed

By Olivia Duffey

Need an excuse to go out for dinner?

The Deniliquin RSL Club has a new menu and recent renovations make it a great place to enjoy a night out.

And you won’t have to worry about missing out if you want to dine in, with the club confirming it can now seat up to 200 patrons at any one time.

CEO David Hart said the easing of Coronavirus restrictions meant that as of this week, the club can seat up to 50 patrons at a time in each of its dining spaces.

‘‘We have four eating areas, and we’ve also been allowed to reopen the poker machines,’’ Mr Hart said.

‘‘However, to be able to continue to do so we must follow strict social distancing and hygiene rules.

‘‘We won’t be able to open our TAB facilities and offer the courtesy bus just yet, but we will let the community know when we can.’’

Mr Hart said the rules relating to customer limits and social distancing are created by Clubs NSW and the government to keep staff and guests safe. He asked that guests ‘‘do the right thing’’ so the doors can remain open.

‘‘Members and guests must sign in and out of the club each time they visit. The club will require a name, address, phone number and/or email address. Information will be given to state and national health authorities if it is asked for,’’ he said.

‘‘Each area has a capacity and we must adhere to this. So if you are asked to move or not sit in a particular area, then please do so.

‘‘If you wish to move from one area to another, please advise our COVID Safe marshal before doing so. Failing to do this may result in being asked to leave the premises.

‘‘Every person entering the club will also have their temperature checked and noted on their sign in. If it is too high or you look unwell, you will be asked to leave.

‘‘If anyone repeatedly fails to observe the distancing and hygiene standards, you will be asked to leave. If you refuse to leave, police will be called.’’

Mr Hart said going forward, the community’s support is vital to the club’s survival.

‘‘The country has lost a lot of clubs in the past 2 1/2 months, so we are grateful we can reopen,’’ he said.

‘‘But we have lost hundreds to thousands of dollars trying to keep the club going when we had no business coming in, so we ask the community to support us as we reopen.’’

The club is open seven days a week from 11am until late. For more information or clarity on the club’s new rules, phone 5881 1455.