Businesses have closed their doors and staff have been laid off as the latest round of COVID-19 restrictions takes an unprecedented toll on Narrogin. Pubs, gyms, indoor sporting venues, indoor entertainment venues and places of worship across Australia have all been forced to close with Prime Minister Scott Morrison advising the measures could be in place for six months or more. The changes, announced by Mr Morrison at the weekend, came into effect at midday on Monday. For now, Narrogin residents have had their last drinks at the Duke of York Hotel and New Cornwall Hotel and their last gym session at the YMCA Narrogin Regional Leisure Centre. The library and Old Courthouse Museum have also closed. Duke of York Hotel owner Andrew McDonald said the nationwide closures were a tragedy for businesses. “If locals are still able to support local business it would be a benefit to the whole community.” Of the 26 staff members at the Duke, 21 are unemployed. “It’s hard on them, hard on their families ... it’s a very sad situation,” Mr McDonald said. “Hopefully in the future things can go back to normality and staff can return to their positions.” “From myself and all the staff at the hotel we wish everyone the best through these hard times and we are looking forward to everything returning to normal.” The Thirsty Camel Bottle Shop adjoined to the hotel is still open for trading, with the hotel kitchen switching to takeaway lunch and dinner meals. Customers also still have access to the hotel’s accommodation. “It’s been hard and probably will be hard for a long time. I hope I never see anything like this again,” he said. The New Cornwall Hotel has also had to adapt to the new social gathering guidelines. The hotel has closed but their takeaway and delivery service is available 4pm to 9pm, Wednesday to Sunday. All Day Cafe and the Narrogin Nursery Cafe offer takeaway meals only. AJ’s Diner and Lolly Shop, and Cabana’s Cafe are offering takeaway and delivery. Narrogin Town Hall, Narrogin Reception Centre and Bronny’s Place Cafe have closed.