COVID-19 Archive

Latest update: February 25, 2022

We wanted say yet another a big THANKYOU to all our members, guests and visitors to the Sapphire Coast for supporting our club during February. And an even bigger thankyou to our wonderful staff who have gone above and beyond doing extra shifts and working extra hard 😍
As you would have seen in the media, the NSW Government is easing COVID restrictions. There is still some things that aren’t clear but we are adapting each day! A couple of changes that you will notice:
✅ You no longer need to check-in with your Service NSW APP, however, you still need to sign in as per usual Club entry rules.
✅ The dance floor is open! You can sing and dance and we no longer have limits on numbers.
✅ Also, from February 25 you no longer need to wear a mask inside the club. If you would prefer to wear a mask that is absolutely fine, but you are no longer required to do so.

WE’RE STILL HIRING: We are looking for 2 x permanent/part-time TAB staff and applications are open until 5pm on Wednesday 2 March

If you are wanting to come to dinner at the club, bookings are essential, phone 6495 1502.
POKER is on Tuesdays @ 7pm
TRIVIA is on Thursdays @ 7pm
RAFFLES – Friday, Wednesday and Sunday raffles are running
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – We have free live entertainment on Saturday nights, dance and sing away!
MEMBERS DRAWS are running and the current amounts are $10,600 – we wonder if this will go off tonight!!
BINGO – Marine Rescue Bingo is on Thursdays at 10.30am, Legacy Bingo on Sundays at 1.30pm and Club Bingo on Tuesdays at 10.30am.

Friday July 24, 2020

As many people would be aware, NSW Health has introduced new restrictions starting from today and there is one change to our dinner booking group size as a result.

We are now only able to take group bookings to a maximum of 10 people (it has been 20 people for the past few weeks).

We appreciate your patience and understanding when you call to make a group dinner booking. Also, if you are coming in for lunch as a group you don’t need to book, but you will only be able to come in a group of 10.

Thanks again to all your messages of support this week.  We are blessed to live in such an amazing community

With warmest regards

Michael Mutsch

Merimbula RSL Club

Thursday July 16, 2020

Great news! Open for business Take 2!
Merimbula RSL Club will reopen at 10am tomorrow (Friday July 17).

We have the majority of coronavirus test results back from staff and they have all been negative. While we wait for the results for the remaining staff there might be a few menu changes in the short-term but apart from that it will be back to business as usual, 7 days a week from 10am to 10pm.

Friday July 10, 2020

Due to some confusion around the NSW Health COVID-19 Health Order issued yesterday, we have deleted our previous post regarding visitor to our club. We apologise to all our members and guests for this confusion.

Under the latest order issued by the NSW Government late last night the following now applies:

  • If you arrived in NSW prior to 8 July 2020, and did not visit one of the declared COVID-19 hotspots in Victoria, you are VERY WELCOME to enter the Club.
  • If you arrived in NSW prior to 8 July 2020, after visiting or residing in one of the declared COVID-19 hotspots, you are NOT permitted to enter the Club until you have self isolated for 14 days.
  • If you arrived in NSW on or after 8 July 2020, after visiting or residing in Victoria, you are NOT permitted to enter the Club until you have self isolated for 14 days.

We are sharing a copy of the map which shows the Victorian hotspot area referred to above, which is all parts of Greater Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

We are trying our best to follow the guidelines while making sure our club is a safe and welcoming place, and once again we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our members and guests for your patience and understanding.

– For more information visit

– For specific guidelines that we are following the Merimbula RSL please go to our Open for Business Q&A

With warmest regards
Michael Mutsch

Merimbula RSL Club

Thursday July 9, 2020

After being closed for 8 weeks, Merimbula RSL Club reopened on June 4 under strict COVID-19 conditions and we have been thrilled to welcome members and guests back into our club.

We continue to operate following these restrictions and are being guided by ClubsNSW, of which we are a member club. The Board and Management have just reviewed the latest information from ClubsNSW and effective immediately we are implementing the following change:

Anyone, including NSW residents, who have been in Victoria in the previous 14 days must self-isolate for 14 days and as such, will not be able to come to the club.

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people, but in the interests and safety of our staff, members and guests, we will continue to follow these guidelines. We thank you again for your patience and understanding.

With warmest regards
Michael Mutsch

Merimbula RSL Club

Wednesday July 8, 2020

As has been highlighted today on the Sapphire Coast, the coronavirus is still very real and we need to all remain vigilant as people start socialising and travelling more. We would like to reassure everyone that we continue to strictly follow NSW Health guidelines in our Club so that it is a safe and welcoming place. We respectfully ask that if you are unwell or have come into contact with someone who has tested positive to coronavirus, please do not come in.

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has visited the Club since we reopened for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We know we will get through this, together.

With warmest regards
Michael Mutsch

Merimbula RSL Club

Thursday May 28, 2020

The Merimbula RSL club is thrilled to announce that we are reopening our doors on Thursday, June 4.

We made the decision after reviewing the latest guidelines from ClubsNSW, and feel confident we can provide a safe and welcoming environment for our members and guests.

We have provided a list of Q&A to provide further details on our reopening. We will be regularly updating this Q&A as new information becomes available.

If you have more questions please send a private message to us on Facebook or Instagram or comment on our Reopening Facebook or Instagram posts.

Monday 25 May 2020

After careful consideration of the NSW Government’s further easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the Merimbula RSL Club has chosen not to reopen on Monday June 1.

There is a lack of clarity around the rules for reopening and until we have a clearer understanding of what we can and can’t do, we feel the safest decision for our staff, members and guests is to wait. At the same time we will be rostering staff from Wednesday June 3 to come to work and help get our premises prepared for our opening, in anticipation of clearer guidelines being released in the next week.

Last week we said ‘we will be back’ but we feel like we can start adding the word ‘soon’… and we can’t wait!

Tuesday 19 May 2020

As you would be aware, from last Friday May 15 the NSW Government eased COVID-19 restrictions ever so slightly, which allowed pubs and clubs to open under certain conditions. While we welcome the easing of restrictions, and are super keen to welcome our members and guests once again, at this stage we will remain closed. We are in close contact with Clubs NSW about when it is safe to reopen. We will keep you updated via our Facebook page, website, the Merimbula News Weekly and 2EC local radio. We will be back, and we can’t wait!

4pm, Monday 6 April 2020

Dear Members and Guests

It is with a heavy heart that I regrettably advise the Merimbula RSL Club will close its doors from this Wednesday April 8, 2020 until further notice.

We did our best to remain open in some capacity over the past fortnight by providing a takeaway lunch and dinner menu from our dining room as well as keeping our bottle shop open. But for the safety of our staff, members and guests we have decided the best option for now is to close our doors.

Our bottle shop will be open on Tuesday April 7 from 12 noon – 8pm before closing. Our final takeaway dinner will be on Tuesday night April 7 from 5.30pm-7.30pm. We sincerely thank our staff and the customers who supported our takeaway service and bottle shop over the past two weeks.

It is a tough time for us all but we know we are part of a strong, resilient and robust community – we will get through this, together. We look forward to the day when we reopen and welcome you with open arms – it will be quite the celebration!

Please stay safe and look after your friends, family and those who are most vulnerable in our community.

With warmest regards

Michael Mutsch
Merimbula RSL Club
Secretary Manager

6.15pm, Monday March 23 2020

We’ll get through this

We are part of a strong, resilient and robust community and have faced many challenging situations together. This year has been our most challenging to date and our focus is on the health and wellbeing of our staff, members and guests.

In consultation with ClubsNSW we have made the following changes which come into effect on Wednesday March 25

  • Our bottle shop in Main Street will be open from 12 noon – 8pm daily
  • We have a revised takeaway menu on our website and on display in the club
  • You can order and collect takeaway in person, including takeaway cake from our Dining Room daily between 12 noon – 2pm & 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • We are not able to serve coffee, tea or other Coffee Shop drinks at this time
  • We are unable to accept any cash – all transactions need to be via a card

We also ask that you follow the most current coronavirus (COVID-19) health advice and if you are unwell or have travelled overseas in the past 14 days we ask that you please don’t come into the club.

As this is an evolving and changing situation, please follow our Facebook page and check in regularly here on our website for updates

9am Monday 23 March 2020

Dear RSL Members and Guests,

Firstly we would like to commend everyone who has been coming to the club as the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has evolved, and respecting our hygiene and social distancing rules. We would also like to commend our staff for the way they have stepped up to manage through these difficult times.

As you would have seen on the news yesterday, the Federal Government has ordered non-essential services to close. As such, we will be closing the Merimbula RSL Club at 12 noon (midday) today. We apologise for the short notice and the inconvenience this has caused, but it is in everyone’s best interests to respect the information from leading health professionals to do everything we can to prevent the spread of the virus.

We are waiting on further direction from ClubNSW about what services the club will be able to provide. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for updates.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Due to this morning’s announcement regarding the ban on indoor, non-essential gathering to 100 people, the Merimbula RSL Club has no choice but to cancel the Club’s member draws on Wednesday and Sunday as well as cancel the raffles on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The safety to Club staff, members and visitors are paramount, so we have also turned off a number of poker machines and reduced the seating capacity in the scenic lounge, main bar area and dining room.

As we are unable to maintain a ‘safe’ distance in the Courtesy Bus this service is also cancelled until further notice.

The Club is still waiting on advice from our main body ClubsNSW in regards to how this 100 person ban is defined, and further restrictions could to come into play with very little notice.

The Merimbula RSL apologies for any inconvenience caused and we will keep you updated as best we can on our Facebook page and website.

Tuesday 17 March, 2020
An important update for members, guests and visitors.

As a community-based organisation, we are taking advice on COVID–19 (Coronavirus) seriously, and as a result have implemented the following measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, members, guests and visitors. Our primary concern will be to protect people, ensure our obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) and maintain our duty of care to our staff, and to persons on, or seeking to visit our premises.

All persons who have returned from overseas from midnight Monday 16 March 2020, or been in contact with people who have returned from overseas travel are required by law to self-isolate for a period of 14 days and as a result will not be permitted to enter the Club premises.

All persons whose place of employment, education or socialisation that has been closed due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 are not to enter the Club.

All persons who experience or show signs of flu like symptoms are not to enter the Club. These symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, tiredness and shortness of breath.

Persons who are onsite and showing flu like symptoms will be asked to leave the premises.
We encourage all persons who are experiencing flu like symptoms to follow the advice of NSW Health. For more information on COVID-19 visit

We encourage all staff, members, guests and visitors to practise good hygiene at all times.

The Club has increased signage within the venue to inform staff, members, guests and visitors of good hygiene practices.

The Club’s staff will be discouraged from engaging in personal contact, such as the shaking of hands with fellow staff, members, guests and visitors. Please do not take this in any other way than as a preventative and control measure to help prevent the spread of viruses.

The Club is also instituting frequent sanitisation of “high touch areas” including bathrooms, door handles and buttons.

The Club will continue to monitor the advice of ClubsNSW and implement advice accordingly.

Events, Entertainment and Functions
The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly. Following advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) on 13 March 2020 it is recommended that non-essential, organised gatherings be limited to fewer than 500 people.

This includes events such as concerts, sporting fixtures with large crowds, exhibitions and religious celebrations.

While all Australians are encouraged to exercise personal responsibility for social distancing, there are no current restrictions recommended on attending other settings, such as shopping centres, or using public transport.

For non-essential organised gatherings with fewer than 500 attendees, NSW Health recommends that organisers:

– remind attendees and staff not to attend if they are feeling unwell
– remind attendees and staff not to attend if they have travelled overseas in the past 14 days
– ensure emergency management practices are up to date
– brief staff on how to practise good hygiene and make it easy for staff and attendees to practise good hygiene
– have adequate hand washing facilities available

NSW Health also offers the following advice for attendees:

– stay home and do not attend if you are feeling unwell
– stay home and do not attend if you have travelled overseas in the past 14 days.

Should the advice from AHPPC change, the Club will update its policy accordingly.

While onsite at the Club, staff, members, guests and visitors are encouraged to practise good personal hygiene including:

– cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub
– cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow.

We encourage attendees of organised functions and events at the Club to liaise directly with those organisers, rather than the Club.

Persons who do not cooperate with our advice in relation to COVID-19 will be asked to leave our premises.

We ask for your complete cooperation and understanding as we continue our commitment to offering a quality-based community hub for all people of our community to enjoy.

If you have any questions, please seek to liaise with our Club’s management.

Further updates may apply.

Michael Mutsch
Merimbula RSL – Secretary Manager