READY TO GO: Queens Arms worker Bree Gibson and manager Tracy Campbell.
READY TO GO: Queens Arms worker Bree Gibson and manager Tracy Campbell.

QA back open for business since March

STAFF at the Queens Arm’s Hotel have been busy setting up tables and chairs for diners for the first time in close to two months.

As of last weekend, cafes and pubs were given the green light to offer seated meals.

Manager of the hotel, Tracy Campbell said last night they were fully booked.

“We have a couple of bookings for lunch and dinner today,” she said.

“We were hoping for more bookings overall, but it’ll be a gradual process.”

The Queens Arm’s Hotel closed their doors on March 26.

“It has been detrimental on the business,” she said.

“14 staff members essentially lost their job, six were able to come back on JobKeeper but we had two staff on visas who are completely stuck.”

Like several other businesses in town, the hotel was relying on foot traffic from Easter in the Country.

“We were planning to offer breakfast, lunch and dinner,” she said.

“It would have been the first time we offered breaky and it would have been a trial run for us.

“We then couldn’t do it for EITC so we were going to for Mother’s Day and we ordered stock, so now that’s all gone to waste.”

Staff have taken the time during lockdown to do general maintenance.

“We have deep-cleaned all the rooms and upgraded some to include a fridge, toaster and kettle,” she said.

“We used to have several contractors that would stay for three or four nights, go home for the weekend and then come back and forth for weeks.

“So without them it’s been a big financial struggle,” she said.

“And unfortunately we still can’t offer accommodation.”

The manager said the pandemic shutdown period was difficult, but she’s excited that they have reopened as she’s had a lot of support from the community.

“So many people would ask me down the street when are we reopening which was nice,” she said.

“We are just taking it one day at a time and seeing what happens.”

Bookings for lunch and dinner are essential.

Next week they are opening Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Lunch from 12-1pm and 1-2pm

Dinner 5.45-7.15pm and 7.30-9pm.