After being impacted by Covid for the last two years, Anzac Day is back and unrestricted in New South Wales, with hoteliers across the state gearing up for a bumper three days, including three days of two-up.
NSW Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott said he hoped people across the state would join in Anzac Day commemorations.
“Anzac Day will be especially moving this year as many veterans for the first time in years, will be able to reconnect with their mates and enjoy traditional annual reunions and commemorative events without restrictions” the Minster said.
“Everyone should take advantage of the NSW Government’s 12 days of fare free travel to attend local reunions and marches or head into the city to show support for our defence force personnel, past and present. The general public will be able to enjoy a number of great viewing areas along either side of Elizabeth Street.
“This year also marks the first time two-up will be played over three days at clubs and pubs during the Anzac Day long weekend.”
He also told 2GB Radio: “It’s very exciting, this is a game that is synonymous with veterans, with diggers, with Anzac Day, with Gallipoli, so given we had no Anzac Day two years ago and heavy restrictions last year, my view was that we should give the two days back to our veterans.”
AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said hoteliers are reminding punters to book their catch-up with mates early.
“Pubs have a long association with ANZAC Day,” Whelan said.
“They epitomise the spirit of mateship which is such a big part of the ANZAC legend.
“Across NSW family and friends will again be gathering in pubs and clubs to remember the fallen, have a beer with mates and play the traditional game of ‘Two-up’.
“With ANZAC Day falling on a Monday again, the long weekend gives pub-goers the chance to safely spread out reunions and celebrations over three days and reunite with mates as the state moves further away from the grip of the pandemic.
“Hotels have been doing it tough for more than two years – with density limits only removed from venues in February. There’s never been a better time to plan your ANZAC Day long weekend and reunite with mates over a beer or a meal down at your local.”