Pubs get ready to open as 200,000 litres of beer is shipped across country

200,000 litres of beer is currently being trucked across Australia to the Northern Territory as pubs and restaurants get ready to re-open their doors.

Territory leaders have begun to relax COVID-19 restrictions after the region recorded just one new case of the virus in one month.

Thirsty locals will have the opportunity to enjoy a nice cold beverage from midday on May 15th, and 175,000 litres of beer is currently being brought through from Central Australia for Territorians to enjoy.

The manager of Smith St Social in Darwin, Tessa Jackson explained to the NT News that her team are excited to pour schooners again.

“We're so pleased, it's been a really weird six months,” Ms Jackson said.

“It will be very different with the restrictions in place, but at least we're doing something and getting back on track to a new normal.”

Restrictions are in place and include two-hour time limits for all customers in venues and all alcohol must be served with food.

Social distancing measures of 1.5m also remain in place.

NT is the first out of the entirety of Australia to relax restrictions to a stage two, and allowing locals to eat out, workout at the gym and go to beauty salons.

“We are the safest place in the country right now” Chief Minister Michael Gunner told reporters last week.

He also said territory borders would remain shut to eliminate the risk of a second wave.

“The whole idea is to get our lives back as close to normal as possible without putting you at risk and without putting some of Australia's most vulnerable at risk.”

Gunner says it is important vulnerable indigenous people are protected, and internal borders surrounding remote regional communities are to remain closed until June 18.

The Northern Territory was the second state or territory to lock down its borders after Tasmania when COVID-19 first broke out across Australia.

This article originally appeared in Over60.