Hoteliers across the region are calling on patrons to be respectful and patient as they gear up for their biggest weekend of the year and the delayed running of the Repco Bathurst 1000.
AHA NSW director of liquor and policing John Green said more than 20,000 people would head to the famous race this weekend but patrons must remember hotels are still not back to normal trade.
"Race week is traditionally the biggest trading period of the year for Bathurst pubs and accounts for a large portion of their annual revenue," Mr Green said.
"It has been a tough 18 months for hotels, many publicans are carrying the burden of deferred debt and they are looking forward to a bumper trading weekend.
"But patrons need to keep in mind pubs are still operating at 50 per cent capacity and COVID rules will apply for a few more weeks."
... hotels are well prepared for the race weekend and there's no better place to call into for a feed and a drink.AHA NSW director of liquor and policing John Green
Mr Green said hotels are used to working under layers of regulations and have become used to COVID safe practices.
"With people coming from near and far, these processes are important in keeping everyone safe," he said.
"It's important patrons visiting from other areas comply with requests from staff - particularly in relation to checking in and showing proof of vaccinations.
"Please be patient and respectful to staff as processes at the door may take a little longer."
Mr Green will be in Bathurst on Thursday, visiting with hoteliers who are geared up with extra security, staff and procedures to ensure patrons have a good and safe time.
"Despite the challenges Bathurst hotels are well prepared for the race weekend and there's no better place to call into for a feed and a drink," Mr Green said.
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