Tasmania's hospitality and tourism industries are looking positively towards the future as borders reopened to visitors from low-risk areas on Monday, however one businesses response has raised a few eyebrows.
Sporties Hotel is not allowing any mainland visitors into its venue in protest against the state government's ban on standing and drinking alcohol.
The venue has signs placed around with 'today we've made a stand, so tomorrow we can all stand with a drink in our hand' and 'please let us stand up, have a drink and welcome our interstate guests'.
Sporties owner Nick Daking said he would love to welcome mainland visitors to his venue and reopening the state's borders was a great moment, but he was taking a stand.
"I'm standing up for our locals, and I'm standing up for every pub, bar, restaurant and cafe in Tasmania. It's a state that's currently open to travel but you can't stand up and have a drink or move with alcohol.
"So I'm making a stance to say, 'when can we?'. I don't understand, I'm confused. As an industry, we're just frustrated.
"Unfortunately it does mean that travellers are caught in the crossfire of my protest," he said.
"I fully support opening borders, but let us stand up and have a beer with them."
Mr Daking said it will be policed as part of COVID-19 tracing, as visitors to the hotel are asked a series of questions upon entry and if they wrote 'yes, they had returned from interstate travel', they would be provided information and asked to respect the protest and sign a petition.
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Premier Peter Gutwein said on Monday hospitality restrictions would remain in place for some time but outdoor restrictions on standing and drinking alcohol may be addressed in coming weeks.
"One of the reasons that we have these rules in place is to ensure that we can minimise the spread or the opportunity for the spread of the disease should it bubble up here," he said.
"Obviously we are having a look at whether or not we can relax restrictions outdoors from the point of view of being able to stand up and have a beer or a wine. I think that would be sensible, but again I will take Public Health advice."
Despite the restrictions still in place, the state's Northern tourism body is hoping for a positive future for the industry as the border reopens on October 26.
Tourism Northern Tasmania chief executive officer Chris Griffin said the key indicator going forward initially would be a healthy uptick in bookings for upcoming months.
"I think that's the main thing that we'll be looking for," he said.
"It is really critical in terms of the industries mental health really, that's a really solid confidence boost when you see those forward expectations of business coming through. And that can be just exactly what what you need after the last seven months.
"It's just knowing that there's, you know there's business out there and it's booking and people want to come to your place."
Mr Griffin said the travel voucher scheme had provided a survival lifeline that was finite, but would help as the state reopened and welcomed more visitors into summer months.
The state's hotel industry received a welcomed boost from the government's travel voucher scheme and is hoping the momentum will continue with borders opening to most states yesterday.
Vision Hotels director Brendon Deeley said his hotels had not seen droves of bookings coming from interstate just yet but it was bound to change and he was feeling very positive about it.
"I think confidence is the key word.
"People have been disappointed in the past, the goalposts have been moving so much that people have been hesitant to actually lock in and say, 'Hey, I'm going', but I think today is a turning point," he said.
"We are expecting to see a big uptake, a big upswing in bookings over the coming days, as people I think are going to get some confidence back.
"As far as the destinations go, I think for some Australians who haven't been to Tasmania yet are going to come down and they're going to come down in droves."
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