Pubs, gyms, hotels hit hard as South Australia locks down
South Australian businesses are already bereft as the state endured its first day of a six-day lockdown.
Pubs, cafes and gyms are among the businesses most affected by the new COVID-19 strictures.
At the Havelock Hotel in Adelaide, as at many other pubs, staff have been told that for now they're out of a job.
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"A few of them were a little bit shattered," manager Michael Hanlan said.
"Obviously some of them have to pay rent, they have bills to pay."
He said this would normally be the pub's busiest time of year.
Kicco Café owner Rocky Mastrullo in Adelaide said he too was at a loss.
"We've got stock which was all delivered which as all just gone to waste," he said. "I don't know what staff to roster on, I don't know what will happen after."
Gyms are also grinding to a halt, right when thousands of people would normally be flocking in to get fit and healthy ahead of the summer.
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"We're straight into a $20,000-$40,000 drop in income," North Adelaide Fitness Centre owner Aaron Ramsay said.
South Australian hotels have also been hit with large-scale cancellations, many losing hundreds of bookings.
The Rydges in the city was to be more than 80 percent full next week pre-lockdown — now, it will be just 10 percent.
"It's a multi-million-dollar loss across the industry," Ian Horne of the Australian Hotels Association said.
And construction workers have also been forced off the job at a time of huge demand.
To soften the blow, the Great State travel vouchers which were set to expire in December will now extend to the end of March.
"I get why this is happening, it just sucks," Mr Hanlan said.
"I just want to go back to the pub."
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