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Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 5, 2020


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There is a lot of activity all over Fremantle where the hospitality venues are getting ready for the near normal that will be in place from midnight tonight.

They are all expecting large crowds to come to Freo and enjoy a cold drink and a meal on a warm winter day.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, covid-19, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2020




I am happy that from June 6 on cafes can accommodate about double the number of customers than they can currently, under the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions.

When winter weather is there no one wants to sit out in the open, so the seats inside are taken fast, as was the case this morning at my favourite Freo cafe. That was disappointing. I want my local cafe back to normal! ;>))

This man decided to at least read the newspaper without getting wet.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, covid-19, food, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2020



Good news for the struggling Fremantle hospitality industry with WA Premier Mark McGowan today announcing the relaxation of some Covid-19 restrictions.

From Saturday June 6 hospitality venues are allowed to have only 2sqm per customer, which doubles the current capacity.

Larger venues which can split into self-contained section are allowed to have up to 100 people per section, with a maximum of 300 patrons per venue.

Alcohol can be served without meals, but patrons will need to be seated at all times, which means table service only.

Phase 3 of the COVID-19 WA roadmap allows for:

  • indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people at any one time, per single undivided space, applying the revised two square metre per person capacity rule for WA venues
  • for venues that can fully re-open under stage 3, up to 300 patrons in total at the venue, but with no more than 100 patrons in a single undivided space at any one time (referred to as 100/300 rule) and applying the revised two square metre per patron capacity rule for WA venues.
  • food businesses and licensed premises may operate with seated service
  • alcohol may be served without a meal (patrons must be seated)
  • food courts can reopen with a seated service
  • businesses that provide beauty therapy and personal care services (including tanning, waxing, massages, nails services, tattooing and piercing) to reopen in line with the requirements for hairdressers and barbers
  • saunas, bath houses, float centres and wellness centres to reopen
  • galleries, museums, theatres, auditoriums, cinemas and concert venues can reopen (during any performance, the patrons must be seated)
  • Rottnest Island to open (Rottnest ferries are considered public transport)
  • The Perth Zoo to open with no patron limit for the whole venue (the 100/300 rule applies to indoor spaces and cafés/restaurants)
  • wildlife and amusement parks can reopen
  • arcades (including pool/snooker, ten pin bowling, Timezone), skate rinks and indoor play centres to reopen
  • auction houses and real estate auctions can reopen
  • TAB and other gaming venues (other than the Casino which is being considered separately) are permitted to reopen
  • contact sport and training is now permitted
  • playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment is permitted to be used
  • gyms, health clubs, indoor sports centres can open and will be able to offer the normal range of activities provided staff are present, including use of all gym equipment
  • travel permitted throughout all of Western Australia (excluding entry into remote Aboriginal communities).

Everyone is encouraged to continue to practice physical distancing and good personal hygiene at all times.

Roel Loopers



Posted in alfresco, cafe, city of fremantle, covid-19, food, hospitality, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 26, 2020


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I asked Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt this morning how council would support cafes and other hospitality venues and allow them to extend their alfresco areas, so that they can accommodate more people, while the Covid-19 social distancing rules are in place.

I received following reply and encourage all those who need a bit more space to put tables out to contact the City of Fremantle.

The City of Fremantle will provide as much flexibility as possible to enable cafes and restaurants to make the most of the easing of social distancing restrictions.

With the State Government expected to make further announcements increasing the number of people permitted to ‘eat in’ at local venues, Mayor Brad Pettitt said the City would do what it could to help businesses maximise their trading footprint.

Most notably, this could include temporarily expanding alfresco areas beyond usual boundaries provided they remained safe for pedestrians and did not impede other businesses.

“Obviously as things start to open up we want to encourage business operators to make the most of the opportunity to increase trade,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Sitting outside for a coffee or meal on a sunny winter day is always a pleasure in Freo and we are keen to do whatever we can to support this to happen.”

Business operators looking to temporarily expand their alfresco areas are encouraged to contact the City’s Environmental Health Team on 1300 MY FREO (1300 693 736) for advice and support.

For example Chalkys cafe, which I frequent often, could put tables east of their present alfresco area, or move them around the corner in Little High Street. When Premier Mark McGowan announces that more people will be allowed into the hospitality premises it is good to know they can expand and that Freo City will be supporting them!

Roel Loopers







There are a lot of good stories about the Covid-19 crisis, with many Fremantle people saying that there is more kindness and consideration in the community, but some people are doing it really tough and are struggling, and that includes many small businesses.

Just imagine buying the High Street Dispensary cafe in the historic West End and a week after you have done so the social distancing restrictions are enforced. It’s just not fair!

Or the market stall holders at the Fremantle Markets not being able to trade, but the man in the photo has created a bazaar feeling by putting the clothes out in the Henderson Street mall, while he makes a lonely figure sitting on a chair placed on a rug.

The Korean BBQ at the markets in South Terrace has also opened for takeaway.

Support our small traders. They will be forever grateful!

Roel Loopers



Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, covid-19, food, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 18, 2020




The sun is out and tables, chairs and signs are out in Fremantle to welcome people back to the hospitality venues that are allowed to let people dine in again.

The most important thing is that we stick to the social distancing rules no matter where we are.

Roel Loopers

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Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, covid-19, health, hospitality, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 18, 2020


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It is Coffee On Your Bum Day, after weeks of coffee on the run days, with the WA state government relaxing the Covid-19 restrictions and allowing dine in at hospitality venues again.

It is still restricted to a maximum of twenty people and with 4 sqm per person, we we all need to adhere to the social distancing rules to make sure we won’t get a spike in coronavirus cases.

Be considerate please and leave the few tables for people who actually dine in and buy a meal, rather than just having a coffee. Our local traders need all the support they can get.

I took these photos before 9am this morning, so not many people out in the alfresco on a pretty cool morning.

Stay safe and well, Freo!

Roel Loopers



Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, covid-19, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 16, 2020


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Let’s start the weekend with a funny tip from Germany about how to force cafe and restaurant patrons to keep the appropriate social distance of 1.5 metre, or 4sqm per person.

Konditorie Rothe in Schwerin makes its patrons wear these silly hats.

Roel Loopers



Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, covid-19, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 15, 2020



When on Monday cafes are allowed to have people sitting at tables again and offer dine in meals and coffee, it is important that we try to support them as much as possible by still buying takeaway coffee when we are not having a meal, thus leaving the tables free for people who are going to order a meal.

It is not great for business for people like me to only have a double espresso and occupy a table reading the paper, when that table could be used by dine in customers.

I’d love to sit down, relax and read the morning paper at Chalkys, because I do not like drinking coffee out of a takeaway cup, but I will continue with takeaway until more customers are allowed to be inside cafes.

Above a few more Covid-19 photos I took at the Esplanade Youth Plaza and playground on my way to Chalkys this morning.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, covid-19, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2020



Good news for fans of iconic Fremantle cafe Gino’s. The venue is open for takeaway.

Roel Loopers

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