Denmark’s Boston Brewing Co. down to four days a week amid chronic worker shortage

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Denmark's Boston Brewing Co. has made the difficult decision to shut its doors on Wednesdays and remove table service due to the chronic worker shortage on the south coast.

In a Facebook post today, Boston Brewing Co. thanked their "amazing staff" and customers for their support through the COVID-19 crisis.

“We will only be open Thursday to Sunday,” they said.

“We value our staff who have all worked tirelessly over the last few months and acknowledge that they need a little reprieve and operating only four days a week will assist with this.

“We do not want them burning out and losing passion for the amazing work they do.”

MORE — Businesses near breaking point as south coast worker shortage worsens.

In the statement, Boston Brewing Co. said their staff had put in “a huge effort” to operate seven days a week during the school holidays — but it was not sustainable.

“(It) also made us aware that without any new staff coming on board, we will not be able to opens even days a week during the Christmas school holidays,” Boston said.

The brewery plans to reopen on Wednesdays during the summer school holidays.

Their decision comes as hospitality venues across Albany and Denmark are reducing opening hours and even days due to the work shortage.

Some businesses have attributed the staff shortage to a combination of a lack of travelling workers and the impact of Federal income support payments such as JobSeeker.

This week, Denmark Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Sumer Addy said she was worried about exhaustion and whether some businesses would soon shut down for good.

“The point of burnout is really close,” Ms Addy said.

“We are all tired of reinventing and recreating and rethinking.”

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