Publicans across the Wimmera are concerned a temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic could have dire consequences.
Hotels were shut down on Monday alongside all "non-essential" businesses in Victoria, as part of a government directive to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Pubs are still able to offer takeaway meals, un-opened alcohol and accommodation, but some publicans were concerned it would not be enough for businesses to remain viable.
Royal Hotel publican Grant Fiedler said the situation was changing quickly and drastically.
He said the Royal Hotel would continue to offer takeaway meals and home delivery, as it had done for the past week.
Mr Fiedler said the region's pubs were contending against significant overhead expenses, including up to $100 per day for insurance.
"I'm going to have to do something to get through this," he said.
"We'll continue following the government's guidelines and doing what we can."
White Hart Hotel publican Bruce Hartigan said he would shut completely for the duration of the ban.
Mr Hartigan said it would be very difficult to maintain a business with no revenue.
"It's not all doom and gloom," he said. "But things are going to be very, very difficult.
"It's not just me, it's the whole community.
"My mates across the road (on Firebrace St) in retail, they are all going to battle as well.
"It's going to be a pretty worrying time for a lot of people."
The White Hart previously offered a drive through bottle shop, but Mr Hartigan said there was "no point" competing with other takeaway alcohol services in the region, which are allowed to stay open.
Horsham's Exchange Hotel has also shut. Owner Nick Murray, who is also a Councillor with the Australian Hotels Association Victoria, said the hotel would not be offering takeaway meals for the safety of staff, and because it might not be financially viable.
He said the hotel's first concern was managing staff.
"For us, it's about budgeting and making sure we can pay the leave entitlements for our full time staff to get them through this," he said.
"We've got nine full time staff here that have to utilise their holidays.
"A lot of our casual staff unfortunately will probably have to be let go and go to Centrelink for the new JobSeeker pay."
The JobSeeker payment was increased to $550 a fortnightto help the growing number of unemployed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Murray said it was difficult to fire staff during the crisis.
"It's certainly mentally tough to have to let so many people go," he said.
"From a local perspective, you have mates and friends and you know their families, so it's a real challenge."
Mr Murray however said he was glad there had been a definitive decision on closing all pubs, rather than letting businesses "grind to a halt".
"There's some certainty, and that's important for people rather than just drifting along thinking of the unknown," he said.
"For us, it's about making sure that people are looking after themselves, being well fed and practicing good hygiene.
"We've seen better days, but it's one foot in front of the other right now."
- Bull and Mouth Hotel - undecided on whether to offer takeaway meals
- Exchange Hotel - closed
- Royal Hotel - offering takeaway meals, un-opened alcohol and delivery
- Sports and Community Club - closed. Owner Glenn Carroll on takeaway meals: "It's something we may consider."
- Vic Hotel - drive-through bottle shop and providing takeaway meals
- White Heart Hotel - closed
Natimuk Hotel - operating as bottle shop and takeaway meals
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