“There is a lot of work happening, we have got to have COVID-safe plans in place for cafes restaurants, pubs and RSLs to reopen.

“All of that work is progressing at a rapid rate.”

The Premier meets with owners of eateries via video conference on Thursday.

The Premier meets with owners of eateries via video conference on Thursday.Credit:Queensland government

Queensland Hotels Association CEO Bernie Hogan said hotels and bars across the state were “poised and ready to go” once restrictions eased.

He said work was already under way to retrain staff on hospitality hygiene practices and reminding them not to come to work if they were sick.

“We need to get our people back working and securing their livelihoods,” he said.

“Hotels are some of the biggest employers across the state and we need a light at the end of the tunnel for them.

“Everything will really hinge on national cabinet tomorrow.”

Mr Hogan said the association would encourage all patrons to download the COVIDSafe app before visiting hotels or bars.

Restaurant and Catering Australia boss Wes Lambert said industry bodies were keen to see timelines for reopening after widespread closure of businesses on March 23.

“It was a fantastic meeting, the Premier listened intently to concerns and views of owners across the state,” he said.

“I would like to thank the Premier and we support her in her desire to get industry up and running as soon as possible.”

The Northern Territory will open restaurants, cafes, clubs and bars on May 15.

Victoria and NSW were set loosen some lockdown restrictions after the weekend, but reopening pubs and restaurants was likely still weeks away, while Western Australia was set to release its own road-map to recovery at the weekend.

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