Saturday nights haven’t been the same for many locals as the Mt Gravatt Marketta remains closed amidst the coronavirus restrictions. Owner Jim Gloftis, however, has high hopes for an opening before Christmas but he explained the one setback preventing him from unlocking the gates to the street food hive.
Mt Gravatt Marketta might be a foodie’s go-to place for the trendiest street food in town. However, patrons also like the variety of live band performances that draw the crowd to get up and dance
The government, however, has a strict sanction against social dancing violations. Mr Gloftis said that the fines are so expensive that he’s not willing to take the risks.
However, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk recently released the next phase of relaxed rules for Queensland for October, November and December.
The plan includes the approval of COVID-19 safe wedding dancing activities by December and “further review of dancing restrictions.”
“We have always said that we would continue to ease restrictions where we could in a staged and balanced way to keep Queenslanders safe – and this plan does just that,” the Premier said.
“The new roadmap gives more certainty to the community and businesses through to the end of this year by outlining monthly easing of restrictions. That includes increasing gatherings in public spaces, unseated drinking and eating, dancing at weddings and removing some border restrictions.”
Mr Gloftis thinks that the government will have some good news before Christmas that will allow Mt Gravatt Marketta to finally open. He reveals he hasn’t stopped receiving enquiries about the reopening as people are eager to return to the showgrounds for the food, the grub and the music.
The businessman is also the owner of Gold Coast’s Miami Marketta, which reopened more than a month ago. However, he revealed that the site is operating at a loss but he wants to continue helping out the stallholders.