Celebrating first day of freedom

PUBLICAN Shaun Patterson thought they’d be a line up the street when he opened the doors at Granville Hotel yesterday at 6am.

But the first day out of lockdown, saw only one customer waiting to get into the early opener.
However by 9am, over 50 had assembled inside to enjoy a celebratory pint and swap their Covid survival stories.
“We had fives times the normal number of guests for a Monday; it was more like a Saturday morning,” Shaun said.
“We plan to keep the first week simple, just an opportunity for everyone to drop in and say hello but the meat tray raffles will return this Friday night and then Joker Poker and our other promotions will start up next week.”
Premier Dominic Perrottet said October 11 was the first step in seeing some restrictions lifted for those who are double-vaccinated, and for businesses around the state to re-open and get the NSW economy back to business.
Lidcombe Shopping Centre also welcomed back customers after 15 weeks in lockdown, with 30 customers queueing from 11.30pm on Sunday ready for the Spotlight doors to open at midnight and 100 more throughout the night.
The biggest queues on Monday morning were outside mens barber Classic Cuts and hairdresser Moe & Co.
Centre Manager Geordie Bunting said it was great to see all shops re-opening and customers returning in significant numbers.
“The centre is welcoming back customers with free Lidcombe Shopping Bags from this Wednesday to Sunday when they spend $100 or more at any specialty store or $200 or more at any major store,” he said.
“The opening also coincides with World Food Day this Saturday, which is being celebrated with cooking demonstrations and delicious food sampling on level one, 10am–2pm.”
Marketing Manager Jen Dunne added: “Offering fun giveaways and experiences for the re-opening is just a little insight into what we have planned leading into Christmas.”
Also busy were the team at Mase Cafe in Stocklands Mall Merrylands.
“We were a lot busier than normal and it was great to welcome back all the morning workers and shoppers,” a spokesperson said.