The Big Group’s latest Melbourne venue to open as restrictions ease

The Big Group will open its latest venue The Commons at Ormond Collective at the site of the old Belgian Beer Garden on St Kilda Road.

“Indecision itself is a virus that can destroy a team’s ability to survive, and that will not happen,” posted Bruce Keebaugh, The Big Group’s head of events and hospitality.

“We are the major events capital of Australia, and every month this goes on without the ability to plan we just destroy 30 years of great work.

“The emotional turmoil is just massive, the depression, employee fatigue — the mental health issues are just snowballing.”

The announcement preceded Premier Dan Andrews easing of restrictions on Monday which sees a two-phase unwinding of the city’s lockdown.

From Wednesday, restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars will reopen, with a maximum of 20 people indoors and up to 50 people outdoors.