For Ben Abraham, one of the owners of four Wollongong CBD bars, the government closure was always going to come sooner rather than later.
But he reckons we could have had another week or two of bar-life were it not for those damned Bondi beachgoers.
Over the weekend images of the crowded beach at Bondi drew widespread criticism and suggested to government that people weren't taking the coronavirus risk seriously.
The closure was a bitter pill for Mr Abraham and the other directors of Good Times Only - which runs The Little Prince, Howlin' Wolf, Births and Deaths and Dagwood, as well as another bar in Orange.
They were following all the social distancing rules right up to Sunday but still they have to take the hit and close the doors.
"I think it's really disappointing to see health guidelines put in place and then people just flaunt them," Mr Abraham said.
"I don't know that it was so much bars that was the issue as 20,000 people showing up at Bondi Beach on Saturday. If those geniuses didn't go to the beach on Saturday we could have gotten another week. That could have kept the casuals working for another seven days."
Instead, they've had to terminate more than 60 employees across the five bars.
In the meantime, Mr Abraham and the other directors have launched an online site (goodtimesonly.store) where they're selling the various Howlin' Wolf T-shirts - including the always-popular parody of a certain hardware store - as well as gift vouchers.
The idea is not so much to raise cash but keep the venues' names in the public eye so people remember them when the drinks are on the bar again.
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Also doing it tough this week is Phil O'Shea from Five Barrel Brewing.
He's got kegs of beer that he can't sell, because no bars are open to buy them.
He's also owed money from kegs that have been sent out - and he still owes the government tax on all those unsold kegs.
"It's gut-wrenching," Mr O'Shea said.
"We've got heaps of product sitting here that isn't going to be selling any time soon.
"We can't discount it because we would pay a shitload of tax on it. We can't sell it to venues because they're all closed.
"Anything that we've sold over the last three to four weeks we will not see a cent of."
All they can do is sell takeaway beer at their Keira Street brewery.
At least the early signs are the city's beer drinkers are happy to drop in and pick up a four-pack or two to help keep Five Barrel going.
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