South Australian businesses hit hard but glad to reopen after unnecessary coronavirus lockdown – ABC News
There are concerns some South Australian businesses will struggle to recover from the unnecessary disruption caused by the three-day coronavirus lockdown that is due to be lifted at midnight.
- SA’s tough coronavirus lockdown will end at midnight
- Businesses have lost stock and cashflow
- Weddings were brought forward and funerals cancelled
Others, though, are just glad to be able to reopen tomorrow.
Business SA said it had received hundreds of calls from business owners in recent days.
Chief executive Martin Haese said some form of government compensation payment should be explored.
“Especially those that are dealing in perishable goods, they’ve been saying well we’ve had to throw a lot of our stock, a lot of our inventory, in the bin — not only have we lost sales, not only have our staff lost wages, but we’ve actually lost what is often their most prized asset: their stock,” he said.
Normally busy Unley Road was nearly empty on Thursday night.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Malcolm Sutton)
Bakeries were surprised they were not allowed to open on Thursday, Friday or today, while butchers and fishmongers were.
Leigh Bevans, from Boulangerie 113 in Goodwood, sold his bread to the local supermarket and then they sold it to customers hungry for sourdough.
Mr Bevans said it had been a confusing week.
Newsagents and fresh food markets were last night added to the list of businesses allowed to reopen from today.
SA Health added SA Structural to the list of locations that people who visited must quarantine immediately and seek a COVID-19 test.
An empty South Road in Hindmarsh on Friday.(ABC News: Brant Cumming)
Restocking to reopen
Port Lincoln restaurant owner Kris Bunder was left with kilograms of fresh seafood that had to be binned when his business was forced to close.
“We basically gave it away at cost, just so we could get something for it,” he said.
Now he had to hit the local shops to restock so he can open at 8:00am tomorrow.
“Mainly fruit and vegetables that we got rid of on Wednesday … so we’ll go down to some of the local supermarkets and see what we can find,” he said.
Kris Bunder, the owner of Port Lincoln’s Del Giorno’s cafe and restaurant, buys supplies to reopen.(ABC News)
Damien Grant’s Port Adelaide gym will reopen tomorrow as quickly as it closed.
“From Saturday midnight my online training stops and we reopen the gym as normal,” he said.
Mourners distraught but newlyweds happy
A funeral that was meant to have been held on Monday for a family member of Fleurieu Peninsula woman Kylie was cancelled because of a ban on funerals that had been in place until Tuesday.
Instead, her husband’s grandfather was cremated without a service.
Kylie, who did not want her last name published, posted about her outrage on the Woodville Pizza Bar’s Facebook page.
“I’d like to personally thank you for this mess.”
Kieren and Simone Blacket, of Ridgehaven, got married on Wednesday night, rushing forward their wedding from Friday.
Ms Blacket said it was sad her father’s Northern Territory family could not make it, nor one of Mr Blacket’s groomsmen, who was dealing with panic buying at the supermarket where he works.
Bride and groom Simone and Kieren Blacket.(Supplied: Simone Blacket)
They are glad they brought it forward because it still would not have been able to be held yesterday.
“Who knows what was going to happen with the six-day isolation period and after that what the eight-day restrictions were going to be like?” Ms Blacket said.
She said they had waited a long time to get married and were happy to tie the knot in unusual circumstances.
Sari Krishnan, who married her husband, Ben Sturm, on Wednesday night said she had “no regrets”.
“We didn’t know what was going to happen and it just added to the experience anyway,” she said.
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