Returned and Services League Tasmania

Closure of Indoor Venues – RSL Tasmania Sub Branches

In the latest announcement from the Prime Minister on Sunday night, 22 March, the PM informed of a major crackdown on gatherings which will see the closure of indoor venues, including pubs, clubs, sporting and religious venues from midday today, Monday 23 March, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Restaurants and cafes will only be allowed to offer takeaway services.

The new measures were agreed to at National Cabinet, which includes the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers, during a late Sunday evening meeting.

Mr Morrison warned they were the first stage, and future closures would result if people continued to ignore social distancing requirements. He warned the closures could continue for six months.

This effectively means that all RSL Tasmania Sub Branches holding liquor licenses – of any type, must cease trade at midday today. Their bars can not remain open after that time.

This also means that any Sub Branches which operate a bistro and dining room must close their bistros and dining rooms from midday today. Venues may still offer take-away food, however. This will be decided locally in discussion with their kitchen operators.

Gaming rooms must also be shut down from midday today.

The PM’s latest announcement doesn’t mean that trading Sub Branches must close. But their bars and bistros must. Sub Branches will continue to maintain their core business, and that is the welfare of veterans and their families. Those services will remain available.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Noeleen Lincoln OAM JP MAICD
CEO, RSL Tasmania

Contact Details:

RSL Tasmania

206 New Town Rd

Telephone: 03 6242 8900
Facsimile: 03 6242 8911