What you need to know about dining with us during covid-19
We are so glad to have finally opened our doors after a fair stint of being closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic! (We really missed you guys). Thanks so much for your support as we continue to manage the many changes the government requires of us during this time!
We’re trailing new opening hours: Thursdays 5pm- late, Fridays 5pm - late, Saturdays 6pm- late and Sundays 2pm - 8pm.
You may also know that due to a significant rise in cases in Victoria, some of the scheduled further easing of hospitality restrictions by the state government have been delayed until July 12. If you’re the kinda person who just loves reading government guidelines and fact sheets you can access the latest information here.
But, if you’re the kinda person who’d prefer NOT to wade through the government docs, (super understandable), you’re probably still wondering:
“what’s hanging out at my favourite bar sip actually going to be like right now?”
Here's what you can expect when you walk into sip as of June 21:
The latest changes to hospitality guidelines from the Victorian Government which came into effect on June 21 have brought with them some extra freedoms for you- our wonderful patrons! Most importantly, you are now able to come in for drinks with no requirements to order a full meal! Yay!!!!!! If you would like to pop through sip and have drink or two go for it! No booking necessary, simply pop through, we will be allocating tables on a first come first served basis. If you are planning to come in for a meal though, please go ahead and book with us so we can make sure you get a table!
Previously we could only seat a maximum of 6 people together on a table as per government requirements. We are happy to say that as of June 21 that number has been increased to a maximum of 10 people per table. Great news!
We will still be providing table service, which means you can relax without having to head to the bar or lift a finger. Unfortunately no sitting at the bar just yet. Guidelines stipulate these measures are necessary as they keep you guys safe, reduce your contact with other parties dining in and to limit your contact with multiple areas and surfaces in the bar.
Along with these new freedoms, the Victorian Government also added one clear rule for hospitality venues: ...Please sit down with your drinks.
We know it's a bit of an odd one, and it's going to feel even weirder when we have to remind you of it. (Feel like you're back in school anyone?!?) But following this rule will ensure neither of us cop a fine and that our business is able to stay open. We are continually grateful to you guys for taking these new regulations in your stride and helping us to keep things kosher.
As aways, you and everyone in your party will be asked by one of our staff members to provide your first name and a method of contact, preferably phone number, to be recorded and kept at sip. This is to make sure that contact tracing is super speedy in the event of an outbreak! Your details will be destroyed after 28 days in line with government privacy requirements.
If it turns out your mates booked a table nearby, it might be tempting to walk over to their table for a chat, but unfortunately this isn’t going to fly just yet. Keep waiting, hopefully sometime soon!
You’ll notice that all our tables will be spaced at a minimum of 1.5m away from each other with clear markings on the floor, we’re social distancing pro’s ‘yall! We also ask that you continue to social distance while you’re with us.
We’ve got the hand sani, don’t worry, it’s by the door so you can keep those mits clean! We’ll also be thoroughly and regularly cleaning all surfaces and equipment following the Government cleaning and sanitising rules.
Our staff will only be attending work if they are feeling well, we don’t want to put you at risk! We also ask that you stay away from sip and cancel your booking by calling us if you begin to feel unwell. Also, don’t forget those good hygiene practices by coughing or sneezing into your elbow.
We encourage you to download the Australian Government COVID safe app. By running the app in the background and keeping your phone on you, you’ll be helping to keep everyone safe.
And here’s the red tape: incase you’re wondering VIC police are able to issue some pretty hefty on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses refusing or failing to comply with guidelines. So, lets keep it relaxed and work together to make sure we do the right thing.
See you soon!!
The sip. team xx