As we all know there have been strict social distancing laws that have been imposed since the 23rd of March 2020 by the Australian Federal Government. These laws were imposed to discourage mass gatherings and to assist in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. As a result of these strict social distancing laws the Nerang RSL & Memorial Club, along with all registered and licensed clubs in Australia ceased to trade as of the 23rd of March 2020.
The decision to enforce strict social distancing laws made by the Federal Government and the subsequent laws that the Queensland State government have introduced have been designed to discourage social, interactive activities.
This has been extremely hard on us all, the impact, a complete stop of our social composition.
We have now been advised by our respective Governments that it is time to initiate a step down from the COVID-19 restrictions and implement a “roadmap” to easing Queensland’s restrictions, returning our lives to “sort of” how they previously were.
Our State Government has implemented a 3-phase plan that will see the easing of restrictions.
Each stage is structured in four-week blocks, with conditions including, social distancing, hygiene, adhering to 1.5-meter social distancing, and a requirement to stay at home if you are not feeling well; the main principles to follow.
The first stage begins on the 15th of May. This stage means that 10 people may dine at any one time in the club, the impact of this will be assessed and if this has a positive outcome stage 2 can begin.
Stage 2 allows, from the 12th of June, 20 people to dine at any one time. Following the same public health principles as stage 1. Again, the impact of this will be reviewed by health officials, if positive we can move onto stage 3.
Stage 3 allows, from the 10th of July, 100 persons maximum at one time be permitted into the club.
Assuming all health indicators relating to the easing of restrictions are positive, it is envisaged that Nerang RSL & Memorial club will open at Stage 3, 11th of July, allowing a maximum 100 persons at a time for basic club activities involving gaming, beverage and food.
It is anticipated this 100-person phase would be in operation for a period of 4 weeks, hopefully if deemed successful, it will allow further easing of restrictions.
Whilst I would love to open our doors in phase one of the easing plan or at least phase two, neither phase one or phase two are practical or realistic in meeting the expectation of our membership. Even with our opening in the stage three-phase, there will be strict public health rules to be maintained in conjunction with social distancing conditions being adhered, the new normal will be what we must live by for some time yet.
The abrupt closure of the club on the 23rd of March left many members unable to renew their memberships. The Management Committee was very aware that the biggest month for renewals is April, in conjunction with Anzac Day. At the conclusion of an evaluation the Management Committee have agreed to extend all members membership of the Nerang RSL & Memorial Club for one extra year. Club Chairman Terry McDonald made this announcement on Facebook recently. If your current expiry date states 2024, your new expiry date is now 2025. Upon the reopening of the club your Membership card will work as per normal with this one-year membership extension granted by the management committee.