Gold Coasters are enjoying a further taste of freedom today as statewide corornavirus restrictions are eased.
Stage one of the Federal Government’s three stage plan to recovery kicked in at midnight in Queensland, allowing restaurants and cafes to operate indoor seated dining for up to 10 customers.
Luxury rooftop venue The Star Gold Coast became the first high-end restaurant in the state to swing open its doors for business, ending a lengthy period of shutdown.
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The Star Gold Coast was forced to close its doors on March 23, along with other non-essential venues, due to the pandemic.
Nineteen at The Star marked the reopening with an invitation only dinner for 10 VIPs, including Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and Mayoress Ruth Tate.
Other lucky guests included Chairman of Tourism Australia Bob East, leading Gold Coast business figures Bec and Brett Frizelle, Billy and Jackie Cross and The Star Gold Coast COO Jessica Mellor.
Speaking from the restaurant, Mayor Tate encouraged Australians with borders closed to “forget about going overseas” instead encouraging them to the Gold Coast to “let us entertain you”.
Tourism Australia Chairman Bob East said this is “an absolutely symbolic start” to the road to recovery and encouraged Australians “to engage with others in a socially responsible way”.
“It’s really important on so many fronts,” he said. “Incredibly important for the economy… and for your own wellbeing.”
The Star’s Jessica Mellor said the shutdown period had been incredibly difficult for The Star Gold Coast, with more than 95% of its more than 2500 workforce temporarily stood down.
“We can’t wait to bring them back into our business,” she said.
From today, some restrictions have been lifted in Queensland allowing more travel, activities, and larger gatherings.
Up to five people can now visit a home from separate households for day visits, while up to 10 people can gather for non-contact outdoor activities.
We can also travel up to 150km from home for recreational activities, and, as mentioned above, up to 10 people can dine in at restaurants, cafes and pubs, provided the business is following a COVID SAFE checklist.