Following Premier Dan Andrew’s announcement on Monday, October 26 that from midnight Tuesday, October 27, retail and hospitality can re-open, the excitement among businesses and the public was through the roof.
Both Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankston City councils had previously announced their intent to help our local restaurants, cafes, taverns, bars, clubs, takeaway food venues and pubs extend their table service outside as well. With applications invited for free temporary extended outdoor dining permits, it’s sensational news for the region’s hospitality industry. Large umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens and road closures will no doubt create a scene like no other as animated voices and aromas of delicious food waft down the lively streets. This initiative to create additional outdoor dining space is crucial for the community’s food businesses to remain profitable all the while following the social distancing measures and space restrictions.
With three and six-month permits available, our streets will once again be hives of activity. Yes, they’ll look different, but it’s a brilliant alternative that we’re sure our ever so supportive community will jump on board with. This concept will provide a long-awaited opportunity for people to come together again and socialise in a COVID-safe manner to not only reconnect with each other, but also our townships and our local businesses. Just picture it: long summer days, sitting outside at your favourite restaurant, with tree branches catching the balmy breeze as you embrace the atmosphere and soak up those last rays as dusk falls.
Please join us in creating a wonderful summer for all to enjoy. By everyone getting on board we’ll be able to rebuild our stunning shopping strips, bubbly atmosphere and foodie culture on the pristine Peninsula. With Stage 4 restrictions eased, it’s time for us to reap the rewards of our hard work, all the while maintaining our social distance practices, wearing of masks, sanitising our hands and supporting small businesses. While we’re on the local lovin’ train, don’t forget that takeaway is still a popular option, with many businesses introducing and perfecting the process throughout the lockdown stage. Why not explore one of our 35 townships that perhaps have been out of your radius, or pick up a copy of our sister publication, Eat.Drink 2021 – out mid-December – to discover a new eatery to fall in love with. We’ll be out and about, seeing what’s happening and admiring the changes to our dining culture. We’ll see you there!