Open For Business Q&A

Update – Monday 19 October, 2020

With some of the COVID restrictions starting to ease, the Merimbula RSL Club has reviewed its current operations and is making some changes.

We are thrilled to announce that we are bringing back one of the activities that members and guests have been missing the most – Friday night raffles! These will return on Friday October 30.

  • We can also accept bookings of up to 30 people from Friday October 23
  • We are also extending opening hours on Monday October 26
  • Opening our Alice Street carpark entrance on November 9
  • And although we are not having a Melbourne Cup luncheon on November 3, we are doing sweeps and all are welcome

Just a reminder that the current number of people allowed in the club at one time is 300. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the rules and conditions we need to follow, and for helping us continue to be a safe and welcoming place for members and guests. We are getting through this, together.

Please go to our COVID-19 Latest Updates page for more detail about the changes.

Q What hygiene and sanitisation measures do you have in place?

A We are strictly adhering to NSW Health COVID-19 guidelines and are following the advice of ClubsNSW, of which we are a member club. Our staff will be cleaning and sanitising club surfaces regularly and we ask the following from our members and guests:

·          Please sanitise your hands when you enter the club using our sanitisation stations.

Q Are there restrictions on who can visit the club?

A Yes, restrictions still apply to Victorian visitors.

Q I live in the Victorian travel bubble (also referred to as the border region), can I come to the club?

A Yes you can. If you live in the travel bubble and you have a current permit you are very welcome to visit our club. You must present your permit to gain entry. View the latest updates and the Public Health (COVID-19) Border Control Map on the NSW Government website: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/border-restrictions#border-region-residents

Q What time is the club open?

A Current trading hours are:

  • Sunday-Thursday: 11am-9pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 10.30am-10.30pm

From Monday October 26 trading hours will change to:

  • Sunday–Thursday: 11am–10pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 10.30am-11pm

 Q What sections of the club are open to members and guests?

A Most areas of the club are open including the Coral Sea Restaurant, gaming room, Scenic Lounge and Sports Bar. The Bottle Shop is also open.

Q What hours is the Coral Sea restaurant be open and what dinner sittings are you doing?

A From 12 noon to 2pm for lunch, and from 6pm-8pm for dinner. Our dinner sittings are:

  • Monday to Sunday 6pm and 7.15pm

Q Do we need to make a booking for lunch or dinner?

A Bookings are essential for dinner and can be made under the following conditions:

  • Bookings are limited to groups of 30 people (Friday 23rd October).
  • Only one person will be able to go to the dining room register to place the order for your table. No split bills.
  • Only one person will be able to go to the bar to place your drinks order.
  • We will have floor stickers and signage throughout the club at the bar and dining room register to help you maintain the appropriate physical distances. Staff will also help you.

You do not need to make a booking for lunch.

 Q Will we be able to order and collect takeaway?

Yes, takeaway is available for lunch and dinner and you can either order in person while you’re in the club or in the evenings between 5.45pm-8pm you can also phone your orders through on 6497 4026. See our takeaway menu on our website.

Q How many people are allowed in the club at one time?

A We have a limit of 300 people in the club at one time as long as people strictly adhere to physical distancing.

Q Can we enter the RSL Club via both entrances (ie Alice Street carpark entrance and Main Street entrance)?

A The Main Street entrance is currently the only entrance open. From Monday November 9 you will be able to start using the Alice Street carpark entrance. The underground carpark will remain closed at this time.

Q Can I use my Members Card bonus points or gift vouchers in the club?

A Yes, we are accepting Members Card bonus points and gift vouchers.

Q Will the courtesy bus be running?

 No, we are unable to run the courtesy bus at this time under the current restrictions.

Q Will child minding be available?

A No, we are unable to offer child minding under the current restrictions.

Q When will you start have bingo, poker nights and Members Draws?

 A From Friday October 30 we will be starting our Friday night Raffles. Tickets go on sale at 5pm and the first draw is at 6pm. We are unsure when restrictions will enable us to start other regular activities such as members draw, bingo and poker nights. We are also unsure of when our facilities can be available again for groups such as the Merimbula Social Dance Group, but will keep you posted.

Q How will you monitor the number of people in the club?

A Everyone must sign in AND sign out. This way we know exactly how many people are in the club at any one time. It is also a way of being able to keep a record of who has visited the club in the event that someone tests positive to coronavirus, so we are able to notify everyone who has potentially come into contact.

Q What if I go to the club and it is already at capacity?

A You will not be allowed to enter. We do not want to be turning people away so we encourage you to call ahead on 6495 1502 to check on the number of people in the club. That way you will not be disappointed when you can’t come in.

Q Can we gather in standing groups?

A Groups of up to 30 people (commencing Friday 23rd October) can meet in the club and are not required to maintain physical distancing rules within that group if they don’t want to. Groups will still need to be seated. People can go to the bar to buy drinks but then you need to take them back to your table to drink.

Q Will all your poker machines be on in the gaming room?

A No, every second machine will be turned off to ensure people can physically distance themselves appropriately.

We will update this page when there are changes so please check in regularly.