Covid-19 rules closes pubs, enforces social isolation in the Scenic Rim

THE impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on life in the Scenic Rim.

Sports events were cancelled weeks ago, with Queensland Health saying people should practise social distancing with outdoor gatherings limited to 500 people and indoor events to host no more than 100.

Scenic Rim residents were advised to stay 1.5 metres away from other people and this week the RACQ issued a warning about hand hygiene after touching petrol bowsers.

The Electoral Commission banned candidates from campaigning at early voting stations and on Saturday 100-year-old Whiddon Beaudesert Star resident Linda Hovey celebrated her 100th birthday in the park, with no hugs and kisses.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday announced even stricter measures to enforce social isolation and help prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus, and the affect on Beaudesert was swift.

Monday saw both the Beaudesert Hotel and the Railway Hotel closed for business, while the Beaudesert RSL allowed members into the club until lunch time to grab a coffee or have a last go on the poker machines.

Bottle shops remained open for business. Schools also stayed open but church services have been cancelled.

The closures have left casual employees out of work "until further notice".

RSL Services Club manager Sharon Cullen said 35 staff had been let go temporarily but they would be reinstated as soon as the club opened, which could be from three to six months.

The club's president Richard Woolcock said 6000 members would be updated by email as soon as information came to hand and they would also be informing people via their Facebook page.

Local cafes including Tea Spoons and Aprons at Beaudesert Fair said they had also closed their doors to diners but still providing a takeaway service. Bean To? and Beaudesert Cafe also said they would offer a free delivery service.

VK Everydays owners Toni and Andy Coopers said they were still processing the news and did not want to have a knee-jerk reaction to laying staff off.

"Today we opened our doors in the morning and saw our turnover drop by 55 to 70 percent," Ms Cooper said.

"At this stage we will be opening again tomorrow with our focus on safe practice first and foremost and offering takeaways, with a view to providing pre-packaged meals for home delivery in Beaudesert."

Ms Cooper said they hoped the community would continue to support small businesses in Beaudesert.

"We are doing everything we can not to put staff off, we haven't let anyone go yet but it will be inevitable."

Beaudesert Bakery and The Main Squeeze will be operating as usual.

Meanwhile federal MP Scott Buchholz said the government was working hard to protect the Australian economy and build a bridge to recovery.

"I've been speaking with local business owners, workers and many of the most vulnerable in our community and they are anxious, they are worried about what this virus crisis means for them and their future.

"For casual workers, we're easing access to the safety net and providing the Coronavirus supplement. If you rely on the two, three or four shifts you get serving customers at the bakery, cleaning at the hotel or whatever your job may be - help is there."