NSW Pubs Are Reopening, But Don’t Start Planning A Post-COVID Crawl Just Yet

You'll have to wait a little lager.

Last week, the Australian government introduced a three-step framework to continue the country’s COVID-19 restrictions – as part of that, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that pubs and clubs in the state will reopen from this Friday, the 15th of May – but don’t get too excited.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet confirmed that pubs and clubs – as well as cafes and restaurants – will be able to open, however they must adhere to strict social distancing rules with a limit of 10 customers at any given time. Hear all the details below:

“We appreciate that many large venues won’t be viable and won’t choose to open but it’s only up to 10 people per venue,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters. “Even if there [are] multiple rooms or multiple facilities in a venue, it’s only up to 10 people in one venue.”

Unfortunately, that means you’ll have to put your epic post-COVID pub crawl on hold for the time being. 

Bars and gaming facilities will also remain closed, however table service of booze – ordered with a meal – will be allowed.

The question is: is opening for only 10 customers a viable business option for NSW pubs and clubs?

“Some venues will have to make a fairly serious business consideration in regard to whether they do open,” John Green, the Director of Liquor and Policing for the Australian Hotels Association told TODAY. “There are a lot of people out of work, there are expenses. For an average pub in NSW, it’s costing them $30-35,000 to stay closed.”

“Ten patrons isn’t many but it’s the first step in a long process getting trading back up and running,” he said.

As well as the easing of restrictions, grassroots campaign Local Rain Check is helping small businesses survive the pandemic downturn. The website allows customers to purchase a ‘rain check’ for their favourite pub, restaurant or cafe – the money goes straight to the business owner, and in return, you get a gift voucher you can redeem after the restrictions are lifted. 

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on Australia’s hospitality industry, but these initiatives and our hard work to get those restrictions lifted is a step in the right direction. 

As of the 13th of May, there are 6,975 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia but only 13 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. Together, we can continue flattening that curve, and staying healthy and safe to ensure Australia returns to normality as soon as possible.

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Pete Evans' Latest COVID-19 Rant Proves It's Time For Him To Log Off

The hole just keeps getting deeper.

Last week, controversial celebrity chef Pete Evans was axed from his TV job on My Kitchen Rules, but that hasn’t stopped him for posting yet another bizarre COVID-related rant to social media.

Hear about all the harmful coronavirus BS floating around below:

First, Evans shared a cryptic mind map for the ‘Great Awakening’ and ‘Great Solar Flash,’ which is described as “an already occurring Solar System-wide evolutionary event bringing about Spiritual Ascension and ideally an activation of our Light Body.” 

Credit: @chefpeteevans

If that wasn’t mind-boggling enough, Evans then shared a notice about “certain high profile people” having COVID-19 and the “code words” we should all “look out for.” The post suggests that ‘code words’ like “Self Quarantined” actually means people infected with the virus are “under house arrest either Federal agent guards or ankle bracelet,” and ‘Tested Negative for CV’ actually translates to “no confession so they are going to trial after worldwide mass arrest.”

Credit: @chefpeteevans

According to reports, both posts are associated with QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory detailing a secret plot against Trump and his supporters.

To really drive the message home, Evans then posted a meme of US President Donald Trump along with a lengthy caption, which began, “This may be a great time to take off the mainstream media lens, if that is what you have been viewing the world through, and perhaps look through a different lens…or not.”

“I have personally seen what the mainstream media have “attempted” to do with me over the years even when my only intention, has always been to encourage people to think and feel deeply and freely about the many pillars of health, including self love, and to question everything…even what I share,” he added.

“This is a very exciting time in human history and we can all manifest our own reality, or we can hand that over to others with their own agendas or conflicts of interests. Do you trust the ‘experts’?” he asked in the caption, before randomly adding, “What is #ObamaGate?”

Pete Evans’ peculiar social media posts come just one week after he was booted from his hosting gig on Seven’s My Kitchen Rules. Evans was axed from the show after he landed in hot water for flogging seriously dangerous COVID-19 conspiracy theories and dodgy cures

I think we can all agree that this controversial celebrity chef needs to take a break from social media, because the hole he’s digging just keeps getting deeper.

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Ms. Monopoly Ended Like Every Board Game Does, With Utter Outrage

Pass go and collect reinforced gender inequality.

In 2019, Hasbro announced it was introducing Ms. Monopoly, “the first-ever game in the Monopoly franchise that celebrates women trailblazers.” It sounded like a great idea on paper, but one year on, people are still pissed off about the misplaced feminism of this female-centric spinoff.

Hear all the details below:

Ms. Monopoly was created to “spotlight women who have challenged the status quo.” Hasbro’s commercial for the game profiles several young female inventors and entrepreneurs and surprises them with over $20K to “fuel their inventive spirit and further their projects.” It looks (and sounds) incredibly heart-warming, but on closer inspection, the game is incredibly problematic.

In Ms. Monopoly, “women get a higher payout at the start of the game and more money when passing go.” Then there’s the cringeworthy player tokens – the OG shoe, dog and boat have been replaced with a wine glass and what appears to be a jewelled watch. Not only is the game a harsh reminder of the pay inequality working women face on a daily basis, but it just reinforces the tired gender stereotype that females only care about materialistic objects like fine wine and expensive jewellery.

Even Ms. Monopoly herself is a cause for concern. According to Hasbro, she’s the niece of Mr. Monopoly AKA Rich Uncle Pennybags. While the game states she’s a “self-made investment guru,” Twitter users pointed out that she’s also the heir to her wealthy uncle who, in real life, would’ve more than likely given her the capital to start up her business.

Perhaps the most problematic part of Ms. Monopoly is Hasbro’s complete disregard of the fact that Monopoly was originally derived from The Landlord’s Game, a board game designed by a woman named Lizzie Magie in 1903. 

According to various reports, Charles Darrow has been widely credited as the inventor of Monopoly but actually copied Magie’s idea and sold it to the Parker Brothers, which later became a Hasbro brand. Darrow became incredibly wealth, but Magie – who sold her patent to The Parker Brothers – got a measly $500 and disappeared into obscurity. Ironically, The Landlord’s Game was all about being anti-monopolist. 

The outrage against Ms. Monopoly is just further proof that consumers have wisened up and this kind of performative equality and virtue signalling comes across as incredibly insincere and greedy. 

It also begs the bigger question: what was so toxic and masculine about the original Monopoly? As the age old saying goes, just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should.

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