South Australian businesses are already helpless as the state endured its first day of six-day lockdown.
Barren streets as South Australia enters six-day lockdown
At the Havelock Hotel in Adelaide, as in many other pubs, staff have been told they are out of work for now.
“Some of them were a little wrecked,” manager Michael Hanlan said.
“Obviously some of them have to pay the rent, they have bills to pay.”
He said this would normally be the pub’s busiest time of year.
Kicco Café owner Rocky Mastrullo in Adelaide said he, too, was missing.
“We have stocks that were delivered and that, like all of them, were wasted,” he said. “I don’t know which staff to be part of, I don’t know what will happen next.”
Gyms are coming to a halt, too, just as thousands would normally flock to get fit and healthy before summer.
“We are directly into a revenue drop from $ 20,000 to $ 40,000,” said North Adelaide Fitness Center owner Aaron Ramsay.
South Australian hotels have also been hit by large-scale cancellations, many of which have lost hundreds of bookings.
The Rydges in the city were supposed to be over 80 percent full next week before closing, now, it will be just 10 percent.
“It’s a multi-million dollar loss across the industry,” said Ian Horne of the Australian Hotel Association.
And construction workers have also been forced to leave work at a time of high demand.
To soften the blow, the Great State travel vouchers, which were due to expire in December, will now run until the end of March.
“I understand why this is happening, it just sucks,” Hanlan said.
“I just want to go back to the pub.”