Coronavirus: Moree pubs and clubs to shut doors, cafes to do takeaway only

61 Balo is one of the many cafes in Moree to move to takeaway only orders, following the government's strict shutdown measures announced on Sunday night.
61 Balo is one of the many cafes in Moree to move to takeaway only orders, following the government's strict shutdown measures announced on Sunday night.

The coronavirus pandemic just became a whole lot more real in Moree, following the federal government's latest shutdown measures.

From midday Monday, all clubs and pubs have been ordered to close their doors, along with churches, gyms, cinemas, casinos, indoor sports venues and entertainment venues.

Restaurants and cafes can still serve takeaway and do home delivery, but sit-down meals are banned.


These new measures will be felt across the Moree community, with many people to lose their jobs as businesses shut their doors.

Pubs and clubs

Moree Services Club, Moree Golf Club and the Royal Hotel have closed their doors until further notice.

The Post Office Hotel bar was shut from midday Monday, however the bottle shop will remain open. Takeaways from the kitchen will also be available for pick-up.

The Vic Hotel was also closed from Monday until further notice, however the bottle shop will remain open and will be operating at normal trading hours.

The Amaroo Tavern bar is closed, however a limited restaurant menu will be available for takeaway between 5pm and 8pm. The Cellarbrations Drive-Thru Bottleshop will remain trading daily from 10am to 10pm.

The Pally Pub will have its full menu available for takeaway only from 6pm to 8pm Wednesdays to Saturdays.

Jolly Swagman Hotel Mungindi is closed, however the bottle shop remains open from 12pm to 8pm. Meals will be available for collection through the bottle shop area between from 12pm to 1.30pm Monday to Saturday and 5.30pm to 7.30pm Monday to Sunday. All coffee shop beverages are still available for takeaway collection through the bottle shop.

Cafes and restaurants

Cafe Omega is now operating for takeaways only, with its full breakfast and lunch menus available to order.

61 Balo will continue to operate its normal trading hours, providing takeaway only. Its opening hours and full breakfast, lunch and drinks menu is online at www.61balo.com.au.

Brooker Trading Co has also moved to takeaways only, with its full menu available along with some new takeaway additions.

Cafe Gali will be providing a limited takeaway service, and will be pouring Single O Coffee and selling Fe Fi Fo pastries along with a couple of other favourites from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday. Yaama Ganu Gallery will be trading as usual.

Deluxe Café Moree is closed indefinitely to prevent the risk of infection.

"In a working environment like ours where we are in contact with hundreds of people on a daily basis - many of them travellers passing through Moree - the risk of infection and unwittingly carrying and transmitting the COVID-19 virus is ever-present," owners Bill and Cindy Poulos said in a statement.

"We are lucky that our business is structured in such a way that we can adopt this course of action seamlessly and we feel for the many businesses unable to adopt similar measures at such short notice.

"We believe it is simply the right thing to do, given the lightning speed the COVID-19 crisis is unfolding."

Racecourse Takeaway will be trading as normal, providing all meals on the menu as takeaway only. There will be no sit down meals inside the shop.

A1 Takeaway Catering will be open from 11am to 9pm seven days a week for local takeaway only.

Relaxing Cafe will also be doing takeaway only, with its full menu and coffee available from 6am to 1pm.

Outback Espresso will remain open for as long as it can, from 7am to 12pm in its new location at the Mitre 10 car park.

Fishabout Moree is open for takeaway only from 8.30am to 8pm Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays and public holidays. Customers are asked to enter through the front door and exit through the back door. The full menu is still available including gluten free and vegetarian options. Eftpos is preferred, although at this stage not mandatory.

Burke & Wills is now offering their Explorers Restaurant meals as a takeaway option.

New Bo Wa Restaurant is open for takeaway service only during normal trading hours. Phone to order and pick up later.

Tandoori Bites is open for takeaway and free home delivery everyday from 5pm to 9pm.

Moree Indian Restaurant is open for takeaway and home delivery.

Michael's Takeaway is operating as per normal trading hours.

Maslina is now offering takeaway from Monday to Saturday.

Thub Thim Thai is open for takeaway and people can now order directly online through its website www.Thubthimthaimoree.com.au or the shop now button on its Facebook page. Customers can get 10 per cent off their first online order. Free home delivery is available for orders over $45 to designated areas in Moree between 5pm and 8.30pm seven days a week.

Any Occasion Catering has a home delivery menu available for dinner, as well as family meals ready to reheat or freeze.

It's still business as usual for KFC, however dining room seating will be temporarily closed. Customers can still order and collect their food from the counter inside, but they are asked to take their meal away to eat. Drive-through will operate as usual.

McDonalds is also operating as usual, however with contact-less options in drive-through and in-restaurant.

Dominos Moree is open for pick-up and delivery and has implemented zero contact delivery. The delivery expert will place orders in front of people's doors before moving back to a safe distance. They will then contact customers by phone to let them know they have arrived and wait to ensure they have collected the order at no extra cost. Dominos ask if people order in-store that once they have ordered that they wait outside until their order is ready.

Other businesses in Moree are likely affected, however at the time of publishing, these are the ones which have made their changes public.