The Axedale Tavern has poured its first pot and reopened after being named as a tier one coronavirus exposure site on May 25.
Owner Gary Van Wynen was delighted to welcome patrons back after closing for 14 days to undergo deep cleaning and isolation in case of exposure to the virus.
"We are open," he said. "We've had our deep cleaning and done everything right.
"There were no positive cases thankfully so we were given the go-ahead by the contact tracers to re-open."
The pub opened its doors on Tuesday and was warmly greeted by the community.
"We started with coffee and brekkie rolls from 7.30am to 11am, lunch and then we have two sitting for dinner from 5pm and 7.30pm," Mr Van Wynen said.
"We can only seat 50 in premises at a time so we have split bookings for people can come in and out and we can get as many through as we can in a two-hour period."
One of the first patrons through the door on Tuesday afternoon remarked how great it was to see the venue re-opened.
"We put up a post on Facebook and got 30 hits in about 20 seconds whoch was a good quick response. I think we will get good response from the community now that we've re-opened," Mr Van Wynen said.
"We've had the community support the whole way through COVID. We've built this business for last 11 years and a pub is really the hub of a community."
Hairfolk owner Jemma Lea was thrilled to re-open the central Bendigo salon on Friday.
"It's been really good and we're busy re-scheduling all people who missed out on their initial appointments," she said.
"It's nice to be back doing what we love."
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