Pubs across South Australia are pushing to have restrictions on standing and drinking lifted as part of a fix to the state’s struggling hospitality industry.
New figures from the ABS show that the sector has been hit with the biggest number of job losses since March, shedding over 15 per cent of jobs.
General Manager of the Australian Hotels Association Ian Horne told The Advertiser that he would like to see the government get creative in its support for the industry.
“Operators’ only hope of trading out of the current economic challenge is for government support to remove some of the harsher restrictions, such as seated drinking, that are now damaging rather than protecting business and their workforce,” Mr Horne told The Advertiser.
Under current restrictions in SA, punters at pubs and bars are not allowed to stand while consuming alcohol.
South Australians were previously permitted to stand while drinking alcohol in pubs and bars from 29 June for about five weeks.
However, the restriction was reintroduced in early August following fear of local community transmission of the virus.