V Hotel owner Leon Mills urges locals to get behind struggling businesses in coronavirus pandemic

Taps dry: Leon Mills in his empty bar at the V Hotel. The pub has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Matt McLennan
Taps dry: Leon Mills in his empty bar at the V Hotel. The pub has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Matt McLennan

A local pub owner has vowed to fight through the huge economic costs of the coronavirus pandemic.

His promise comes as firms have been forced to lay off staff and dramatically change their operations while the pandemic sweeps across south-east Queensland.

"Business owners say they say they will make it to the other side.

The pandemic's impacts have hit V Hotel's owner Leon Mills and his family hard.

His parents George and Diane, the Bearded Dragon at Tamborine, and brother David owns Advancetown Hotel.

He said the family was in shock.

"We've been doing this for so many years, and then suddenly you've got no income and no staff," Mr Mills said.

"It's a bit of a blow."

Staff members have been laid off and drinks are sitting unsold, in the toughest time Mr Mills can remember.

"There's probably a thousand bucks' worth of beer just sitting there, that's probably going to go to waste," he said.

The pub has changed its operations to stay alive in the pandemic, offering a takeaway food and drinks menu for customers.

A strict pick-up system will limit social contact for patrons.

The food waiting to be collected will be left well away from the counter.

"There will be hand sanitiser and stuff there," Mr Mills said.

They are the early stages of a plan to keep the pub going.

"We're just going to play it by ear and see how it goes," Mr Mills said.

"We're still alive and we're still trying to keep our business going and supporting the community with food and alcohol."

It is a day-by-day prospect for Mr Mills as guidelines on the coronavirus measures are constantly updated by the government.

"It's a shutdown like a lot of other businesses. Everyone is in the same predicament," he said.

Mr Mills urged locals to get behind struggling retailers and help them get through the crisis.

"If they want businesses to survive, they need to support them," he said.

He vowed to see his business out of the pandemic.

"We'll come out of it at the end of the day, it's just a matter of when," Mr Mills said.

"And then we just crank it back up. Hopefully it all comes back to normal."

Meanwhile, Logan City Council has announced a financial support package for businesses and ratepayers hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Logan Economic Response Package will provide immediate assistance for ratepayers, suspend debt recovery measures and prioritise recovery for business.

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