LOCAL landmark the Tooborac Hotel is trying to keep as many staff on the books as possible.
Owner Val Carlin said on Saturday people were still coming to grips with the impacts of COVID-19 and the pub would be doing its best to adapt to change.
“As we all come to grips with the health, social and financial impact of this pandemic the Tooborac team wishes you and your family all the best wishes,” she said.
“As a community we can work together to find ways to help each other through.”
The words were similar to many local businesses in the area who were all doing their best to stay safely open until the Victorian Government forced the shutdown of all non-essential services.
Sanguine Estate Wines was another business putting in massive effort to adapt to COVID-19 and keep trading, but they too have been forced to shut down.
The Tooborac pub had planned to reconfigure the hotel before the non-essential services ban.
The reconfiguration would have seen an upstairs dining room added for up to 10 people, and the brewery space opened for 16 people, keeping the pub's maximum patron limit to 31.