Bunbury toasted the relaxation of State Government COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday after flocking in droves to support their beloved hospitality venues. With pubs permitted to serve 100 people under Phase 3 of the State Government’s coronavirus recovery plan, the CBD was abuzz with a steady flow of foot traffic as people caught up with family and friends over a hearty meal or cold refreshment. On Saturday alone, the Parade Hotel served up 500 meals over the course of lunch and dinner. “It was fantastic,” manager Petrina Martin said. “Everyone was happy and in good spirits – just glad to be out.” Despite the gloomy skies overhead, tables outside The Rose Hotel were again filled with laughter and smiles, while the dining room was full. Vantage points within The Highway Hotel’s sports bar were also at a premium on Saturday night as regulars returned to watch round four of the NRL. For two hours on Saturday night, the line was snaking out the door of the Prince of Wales Hotel, which on Saturday poured its first pint since venues were forced to shut on March 23. “It was mad,” owner Mitch Thorn said. “It started at lunch and it just didn’t stop.” Aside from pubs in and around Bunbury’s CBD, it was a big day for both the Bunbury and South Bunbury football clubs, which reopened their clubrooms in the afternoon. A small contingent of the Tigers faithful gathered from lunchtime and appeared to enjoy being back inside their clubrooms, however patrons ensured all social distancing and hygiene protocols were met, with club president John Castrilli and general manager Tracey Evans on hand to ensure all ran smoothly. Later in the afternoon at Payne Park, the Bulldogs hosted an intraclub scratch match, as club diehards experienced their first taste of social distancing in the outer. Club president Tom Busher cast a breathless figure as he ensured each spectator had a seat, along with ensuring patrons had signed in and were a suitable distance apart.