Qld pokies to spin again from Friday

It will be access-all-areas for Queensland’s clubs and pubs on Friday after three months of a COVID-19 enforced hiatus.

From midday Friday, Queensland venues will be allowed to open their entire floor space – including gaming – with numbers limited to one person per four square metres for major venues.

For clubs under 200 square metres, capacity is capped at 50 patrons.

Club Queensland’s acting CEO Dan Nipperess has welcomed the move.

“It’s a positive step forward and it will allow venues to get closer to commercially viable numbers,” Mr Nipperess said.

“The fact the whole club can now open is positive so all service offerings, gaming, bar and restaurants, are available.

“That allows most employees to come back to work and patrons may now approach the bar.”

The changes also mean limits of 20 patrons per section are lifted, Queensland Hotels Association Chief Executive Bernie Hogan said.

However, patrons will be required to be seated at venues except when ordering at the bar.

“It’s given some certainty of the industry but it is still stage three (restrictions) and this not a place where we want to stay for long,” Mr Hogan said.

“It’s just a simple measure of one person per four square metres but it also means venues are only operating at quarter of their capacity.”

Australian Associated Press

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