CHEERS: Country Life Hotel customer Red Kensey enjoys a beer at his local before the doors closed at midday. Photo: Warren Lynam
CHEERS: Country Life Hotel customer Red Kensey enjoys a beer at his local before the doors closed at midday. Photo: Warren Lynam

Pub serves last drinks in coronavirus crackdown

PUBS, HOTELS, CINEMAS TO BE SHUT DOWN TO HALT VIRUS SPREAD

LOYAL customers enjoyed their last beers at a Sunshine Coast pub this afternoon after licensed venues were forced to shut their doors.

From midday, hotels and pubs were required to stop operating as part of the Federal Government’s new rules to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Among those affected is Kin Kin’s Country Life Hotel, which served its last customers today for an indefinite period of time.

Oranut Kidd owns the pub along with husband Ian and said while the closure was disappointing, the couple were happy to do their bit in preventing the virus to spread.

“We just have to do what the Prime Minister says to try to help stop the spreading,” she said.

“If it helps, we’re quite happy to shut the doors.”

Red Kensey enjoys a drink. Photo: Warren Lynam
Red Kensey enjoys a drink. Photo: Warren Lynam

Although their loyal customers were saddened by the new rules, Mrs Kidd said the announcement wasn’t a shock.

“I think last week the UK shut its pubs and restaurants too, so we saw it coming,” she said.

“It is disappointing for the locals, but they were good about it.

“They were pretty much aware of what was going to happen.”

Mrs Kidd said she hoped hotel’s casual staff could access government funding, as the couple were unsure what would happen in the future if the virus continued to worsen.

“All our staff is casual, so they are affected. But they all understood,” she said.

“Hopefully they can get the benefits that the government is offering.

“There’s really nothing we can do about it. We just want to help as much as we can.

“At the moment, we have no plan. We’re just doing what we’re told.”