Welcome Back

Welcome Back! 
We’re pleased to announce that Dorrigo Memorial RSL Club is opening with our Covid plan enacted this week from 1st June 2020

we are open

Entry conditions and capacity limits apply and strict social distancing and hygiene measures are in place.

Read our Notice to Members below detailing entry conditions, changes to operations and further information.


The Dorrigo Memorial RSL Board, Management and Staff thank you for your support and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Member Notice 

An important update for members, guests and visitors.

It is wonderful to be writing to all our valued members, their guests and visitors to advise that the RSL will commence the re-opening of our doors in line with the State Government’s conditions for re-opening Clubs and Hotels.

We will commence the opening of the Club to ensure that we comply with the conditions imposed for the opening of our premises, with reduced capacity that our venue is allowed to operate with.

As a condition of re-opening, members, guests & visitors will be required to sign in upon entry of the Club.

The Club’s opening hours will be as follows:

Monday--Tuesday 12pm-6pm
Wednesday--Sunday 11am-8pm

The opening times above will be applicable & subject to change as and when the restrictions placed on the Clubs operations are eased and we will advise members accordingly.

We will manage the below conditions that permit us to re-open as we take every precaution to ensure that all members, patrons and employees are safe in our venue:

A maximum of 50 patrons will be permitted in the venue at any one time  and will allow access to most of our Clubs’ facilities such as Bar, Gaming, Bottleshop and dining areas whilst adhering to the following conditions

Physical distancing

We will take all reasonable steps to ensure patrons and employees comply with Safe Work Australia’s ‘physical distancing’ standards applying to hospitality venues including floor markings and Physical Distancing.

We will ensure that patrons do not stand around bar areas, walkways or in groups as you must be seated unless you are moving to another part of the venue.
We will prominently display any mandated CovidSafe signage that has been issued by relevant Government authorities.
We will manage physical distancing as part of all takeaway and delivery services


Groups of up to 10 people can sit together as long as physical distancing measures are adhered to.

Patrons are to be seated unless ordering drinks or food, using the facilities or going to another room in the venue. Standing groups are not permitted.

Our Club needs to ensure that there is 1.5 metres between different Groups of customers.


We have undertaken a deep clean of the entire venue spaces in preparation for our re-opening.
We will be regularly cleaning areas and surfaces that are frequently touched, observing Safe Work Australia’s ‘cleaning’ standards applying to hospitality venues.


We encourage patrons to adopt Safe Work Australia’s ‘hygiene’ standards applying to hospitality venues, and we will be encouraging patrons to clean their hands regularly. Alcohol-based sanitiser will be made available at Club entries and exits, as well as other locations throughout the venue and we ask patrons to clean their hands at hand washing facilities.
We will encourage employees to clean their hands every 30 minutes.


We will be taking additional measures to clean and promote hygiene in our restrooms.
We will clean frequently touched surfaces more regularly and display signs demonstrating recommended hand washing methods.

Patron Screening

If we reasonably believe a person on our premises has a COVID-19 symptom (defined below), we must: ask the person to remove themselves from the premises and notify the person that they should be tested for COVID-19 at the nearest testing location

The COVID-19 symptoms are:

    • cough;
    • fever;
    • fatigue;
    • sore throat;
    • shortness of breath

The Club will record the names of all patrons entering the premises on any day and we ask patrons for their co-operation.

We will notify NSW Health as soon as we become aware that a person with COVID-19 (including an employee) was on the premises.

General Compliance

We have taken measures to ensure employees understand and comply with the Clubs work, health and safety duties.
We will be displaying COVID-19-related signage by the Australian and NSW Governments throughout the venue

 As a community-based organisation, we are continuing to take advice on COVID–19 (Coronavirus) seriously, and as a result we have implemented the measures outlined above to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees, members, guests and visitors.

Our primary concern is:

To protect people, ensure our obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) and maintain our duty of care to our employees, and to persons on, or seeking to visit our premises.

Dorrigo Memorial RSL Club employees will be discouraged from engaging in personal contact, such as the shaking of hands with fellow staff, members, guests and visitors. Please do not take this in any other way than as a preventative and control measure to help prevent the spread of viruses.

The Club is also instituting frequent sanitisation of ‘high touch areas’ including bathrooms, door handles and buttons.

The Club will continue to monitor the advice of Clubs NSW and implement changes as we are advised accordingly.

NSW Health has also offered the following advice for patrons:

Stay home and do not attend if you are feeling unwell.
Stay home and do not attend if you have travelled overseas in the past 14 days.

Should the advice from the NSW Government or Australian Government change, the Club will update its policies accordingly.

While onsite at the Club, employees, members, guests and visitors are encouraged to practise good personal hygiene including:

Cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow.


The Club and its catering contractors are taking our re-opening seriously and we have implemented several measures in our dining facilities including:

Removal of cutlery from all tables. Cutlery will be delivered with your meals.
Increased sanitation of all work and public spaces.
Additional staff training and Increased use of gloves, including in the acceptance of deliveries.
Removal of ‘help yourself’ sauce and cutlery stations.

Persons who do not cooperate with our advice in relation to COVID-19 will be asked to leave our premises.

We request your complete cooperation and understanding as we commence reopening post lockdown and continue our commitment to offering a quality community hub for all people of our community to enjoy.

The Dorrigo Memorial RSL Board, Management and Staff will endeavour to ensure that our Club is a safe place of relaxation as we progress through this staged re-opening process, where we can regain some form of normality and enjoyment post this disruption to our lives.

Further updates and changes may apply. If you have any questions, please liaise with our management team.


Club Manager
Andrew Gawne

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Contact Details

Address: 2 Hickory Street
P.O. Box 163
Dorrigo NSW 2453
Phone: (02) 6657 2294
Restaurant: (02) 6657 1187
Email: info@dorrigorsl.com.au

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