Punters are expected to spend more than $4million celebrating NT pubs, restaurants and cafes reopening after a 53-day shutdown.
The NT News reports about 3000 people will return to their jobs in the hospitality industry, with customers allowed to visit licensed venues for a maximum of two hours. A meal must be ordered, gaming activities are not permitted and strict social distancing rules apply.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner poured one of the first beers at The Cav Hotel (pictured main) as the clock struck 12.
Gunner said: “Today’s the day! Stage 2 of the Territory’s Roadmap to our New Normal starts at 12pm.
“We are the safest place in the country – and Territorians have been the best. Let’s keep it that way. Get out, back a local and buy local – and do it all safely.
“Territorians deserve this. We’ve got a long road ahead of us, but today marks the start of the Territory’s comeback.”
NT’s Chief Medical Officer Hugh Heggie and Police Commisssioner Jamie Chalker visited venues across the CBD.
“We’re just making sure everyone is happy, and the atmosphere is showing people are having a good time,” Chalker said.
Beer convoy restocks pubs
A truck convoy rolled up the Stuart Highway this week with 175,000 litres of beer kegs on board for NT pubs including the Hotel Darwin (above).
CUB NT sales manager Lincoln Jenkin estimated Territorians could get through 1000 kegs a week — about 50,000 litres — and promised to send double.
Lion organised about 75,000 litres of draught to arrive. Managing Director James Brindley said: “The first time you’re back at your local might be different to what you’re used to. You’ll have to sit, eat a meal, and stay for only a set period of time. This is all about keeping everyone safe.”