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Return of dancing and buffets is music to the ears of Tamworth pub owners

GET MOVING: Pub Group general operations manager Michael Squires is thrilled to welcome back dancing and singing.

TAMWORTH pub owners can now open up their dancefloors again, after one of the most persistent COVID restrictions was lifted on Monday.

People are finally able to sing and dance – so long as they abide by the 1.5 metre physical distancing rule – after months of being told to sit down and not join in with the song.

However, the latest easing of restrictions has brought an end to those rules, and local pub and club operators are set to benefit.

Pub Group general operations manager, Michael Squires, said it has been an incredibly difficult time for both patrons and staff and he was glad they will now be allowed some more freedom.

“A lot of places have been doing entertainment for months now but it has been hard to do it properly, because it’s hard to sit there and not sing if you’re watching your favourite band,” he said.

“The COVID marshal shift is officially gone now too… it’s been unnatural for staff for so long to be telling people to sit down.”

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The changes will particularly suit venues such as the Longyard Hotel, which is owned by Pub Group, that has a long tradition of playing live music and hosting album launches.

It is also a major win for local musicians, who Mr Squires believes have been starved of opportunities and revenue over much of the past year due to a lack of demand.

“I’m happy for them, I’m happy for music agents and I’m happy for artists,” he stated.

“It’s unnatural for them to be playing and not have people dancing as well so I feel like its a big step for entertainers in general.”

Another restriction that was lifted which piqued the interest of publicans was the allowance of buffets.

Mr Squires said it will allow the likes of the Southgate Inn to run their annual Good Friday seafood buffet, which is something he was very pleased about.

He thanked the community for the support they have shown during such difficult times, and also praised the government for their actions throughout the entire saga.

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