Kangaroo Island businesses move to alternative methods to cope with coronavirus

Hospitality businesses across Kangaroo Island are rapidly adjusting to the new coronavirus landscape, with as many as 18 offering deliveries and even more doing takeaways.

Kelly Neville from the Kangaroo Island Questions, Notices and Discussions Facebook page is compiling a daily list of KI businesses still open during the current crisis.

It was only two months ago, that she was compiling similar lists for the lengthy bushfire emergency that also had and continues to have a dramatic impact on local business.

Ms Neville said as of March 25, six cellar doors, six cafes/restaurants and six produce and other product businesses across KI were offering deliveries, with certain restrictions and during certain hours.

Many more were open for takeaway service as well, she said.

The Aurora Ozone Hotel in Kingscote, the Island's largest accommodation provider and biggest hospitality business, had been hit hard but was keeping a brave face.

The accommodation was still open and it was offering its rooms for self isolation as needed. Its kitchen and bottle shop was also open for room service and even delivery.

A special menu for home delivery featured affordable, packaged meals that could be kept in the fridge or freezer, while the bottle shop was taken phone orders and delivering in the afternoon.

Nicola Purvis said Sorrento Pizza at Penneshaw was open for takeaway and will start delivery next week.

Kangaroo Island Spirits that is offering take-away bottles of gin and mixers, as well as coffees.

It is also working on care packages of a gin, a mixer and herbs or dried fruit that could be delivered across the Island. Online sales have also greatly increased.

The distillery meanwhile is also working on producing santiser to be issued on Island on a priority basis, with the school already receiving a delivery.

The Islander Estate lost its vines in the bushfires and now its cellar door is closed, however online and phone in orders are happily accepted.

Orders can be picked up at the Cellar Door in Cygnet River, or delivery can be arranged to multiple places around the Island. It can also ship anywhere Australia wide.

Cafes, restaurants, small bars and local clubs meanwhile will soon be able to temporarily sell takeaway liquor.

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman said the Government was keen to support those businesses who were experiencing, or will experience, a downturn during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

"Our hospitality sector is an important part of our economy, and we appreciate there are many in the sector who are struggling as a result of circumstances that are clearly beyond their control," Attorney-General Chapman said.

"From tomorrow, liquor licence holders operating a small bar, café or restaurant will be able to apply for a free short-term and temporary licence enabling them to sell a small amount of liquor along with any takeaway meals ordered."

The Islander and its publisher Australian Community Media meanwhile is compiling a nationwide list of open businesses - you can register your business here

If you have a business that is doing take-aways or deliveries please send a photo to stan.gorton@theislanderonline.com.au or the Islander Facebook page

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