Narooma Clubs who went extra mile in fires hang in there

It was a tough gig for Narooma clubs who went the extra mile to keep people safe during the bushfire crisis - now, it's the coronavirus crisis.

The Narooma Golf Club and Club Narooma both became bushfire evacuation centres, catering for hundreds who needed food and a roof over their head.

Now, both clubs may not see more than 100 people in a room for some time.

All club events such as, bingo, raffles and live music have been suspended to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

Both clubs have taken extra measures for the health and safety of patrons.

Club Narooma CEO Tony Casu said many were questioning the club's decisions, but reassured patrons it was in everyone's best interest.

"We are putting our best foot forward for our members and staff," he said.

"We have turned off every second poker machine and tables are 1.5 metres apart and staff are walking around disinfecting things on a regular basis."

Under Bowls NSW guidelines, Mr Casu said bowls were suspended and greens closed. As of Friday, March 20, bingo was also suspended.

Although coronavirus had not yet reached the Eurobodalla Shire, Mr Casu said the club was taking all precautions.

"We are implementing all the recommendations from Clubs NSW and the Australian Government," he said.

It came at a cost with visitor numbers down.

"It has certainly quietened off," he said.

He feared for his staff and the business if things came to the worst.

"My staff are more nervous than anyone," he said.

"If things escalate, I am expecting all clubs, pubs and restaurants - all non-essential gathering places to be shut down.

"As what has happened overseas, we are expecting that to come.

"We have everything put in place, now we are trying to hang on and hope there's enough trade to keep hanging on."

Dean Drysdale of Narooma Golf Club keeps on top of the cleaning whilst looking after customers on Friday, March 20.

Dean Drysdale of Narooma Golf Club keeps on top of the cleaning whilst looking after customers on Friday, March 20.

Narooma Golf Club assistant manager Tracey Vaughn was also concerned.

She felt everyone was still getting a grip after the bushfires.

"My head is so cloudy because we have just got over the fires and are trying to get ourselves back on track," Ms Vaughn said.

"Now there's all of this - we don't even know if we will be working next week.

"I wish we could turn 2020 off and push a refresh button."

Ms Vaughan said the club was taking each day as it came as recommendations and information were released.

She said staff were keeping things in order, but couldn't everywhere.

"People have started flogging toilet rolls!" she said, shocked.

Ms Vaughn said there were frequent reports of toilet paper theft.

"The main thing is to keep everything up and running the best we can," she said.

Ms Vaughn said the most challenging rule to enforce was having no more than 100 people in the room.

"Normally, about 300 people can be seated between the dining and lounge area," she said.

"At peak times, we have to keep on top of head counts so we've brought the old clicker (hand held counter) out of the archives - it has come in real handy," she laughed.

"We are lucky to have multiple rooms to spread people out, but the main bar and restaurant, which is one room, makes it really hard."

Ms Vaughn said cancellations kept coming.

"There have been a lot of people ringing up to cancel weddings and conferences over the past week," she said.

Ms Vaughn said golf was still on as normal, and encouraged people to still visit and enjoy the club's facilities.

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