Coronavirus Update


Due to Victorian State Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Restrictions. Temporarily closed from 11:59pm Fri 12/2/21 until 9am Thu 18/2/21

For Emergency , Contact Management on 0418 126 495

Face Mask Policy

The Watsonia RSL wants to ensure all our members are safe over this concerning period and as we have over 1700 members over the age of 75 years we ask all members to ensure that they wear a mask upon entering the premises.  We understand that some people will have exclusions from their Medical Officers to wear a mask but we ask that you consider the safety of our older members and comply with the mask wearing restrictions upon entering the premises. You will only be required to wear the mask for about 10 to 20 metres whilst you becoming seated and this act of generosity will ensure the wellbeing of our elder members. 

Thank you for supporting our initiative to ensure the safety of all our member

Update as at 30TH OCTOBER

The health and safety of our staff, Members and local community is, and always has been our highest priority. Your experience when entering Watsonia RSL will be different to what you have been used to in the past. We have new measures in place to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

On entry, you will be required to document your name and phone number, and it is compulsory that every person entering the Sub-branch MUST be wearing a face mask. No mask, no entry. The fine for a business is excessive and the individual can be fined up to $200. Any Member or visitor found to be non-compliant will lead to an appearance before the Watsonia RSL Board with the possibility of a penalty.

The ANZAC Bistro will operate with two sittings for both lunch and dinner. It is essential that a bistro booking is made prior to your arrival. The maximum table numbers must not exceed 10 guests.


  • 5.00pm – 6.45pm
  • 7.00pm – 9.00pm


  • 5.00pm – 6.45pm
  • 7.00pm – 9.00pm

The Members Lounge will open from 10am daily and cannot be pre-booked. It is first in, best dressed, and TAB and Bottle Shop facilitates will be available also.

The Gaming Room will operate with a maximum of ten people in the room at any given time. Please understand this is a Government guideline, and we hope by the end of the month it will increase.

Upstairs will not be operating, and there will be no functions booked for the remainder of the year.
We have gone to a great depth to ensure your safety while visiting us, therefore we kindly ask that our Members and guests do their part, so we can collectively work to get back to normal.

Until further notice, unfortunately all meal deals, promotions, entertainment, happy hours, Courtesy Bus services and Members Draws have been suspended.

Update as at 9th JuLY 2020

Due to Victorian Government Stay at Home Restrictions from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020 through to 11:59pm Wednesday 19th August 2020,  unfortunately our Venue is now CLOSED until further notice.

Thank you once again to all those who supported us over the past few weeks in a limited capacity and visited the Venue. In such a challenging  time for the RSL, we thank you for your support, and we hope to see you in again soon. Again, we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that these changes may cause.

We take the welfare and health of our members, staff and community very seriously and we shall keep you all updated with any government changes that may happen in the near future.

If you have urgent matters concerning Venue Operations, Aged Care, Welfare or Veteran Support please email the following contacts:

Please take care and stay safe everyone and thank you from

The Watsonia RSL team.

Update as at 29th June 2020

Due to a number of changes being made to the proposed easing of restrictions from 11:59pm on Sunday 21 June 2020, we are now unable to move to the increased patron capacity per space as planned. In line with the most up-to-date advice, we will continue to trade as we have been (20 people per space) until the 19th July, or when the Government next advise otherwise.

Meal service will remain as seated table service, and maximum group bookings have now increased to ten patrons.

The TAB will be open from Tuesday as planned, and patrons are still welcome to enjoy a drink, without the requirement of purchasing a meal… and our Bottle Shop is now open!

Unfortunately we have also had to amend our trading hours, and we will no longer be open on Sundays, until further notice.

TUESDAY – SATURDAY 10.00am – 10.00pm

Our bistro sittings will continue to stay the same…
(Lunch) 12.00pm – 2.00pm
(Dinner) 5.00pm – 6.45pm & 7.15pm – 9.00pm

It is imperative that you make a meal reservation, please phone reception on 9435 4233.

Thank you once again to all those who supported us last week and came in for a meal. In such a challenging and frustrating time for the RSL, we thank you for your support, and we hope to see you in again soon.”


As the isolation restrictions are slowly easing, we know that many people are very excited at the thought of being able to get out of the house and be out and about again. To ensure you can do this comfortably we have introduced a range of new measures to ensure you can be confident that we have our staff and customers health and safety as our highest priority.

We will be re-opening our doors for dining only from Tuesday June 16, however your experience upon entering Watsonia RSL may be a bit different to what you are used to. We would like to share the measures in place to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible:

  • All of our staff will be trained in infection control – Covid 19 to help provide a safe and hygienic environment for you

  • Upon entry, and throughout the venue, we will have sanitising stations for all to use

  • Increased cleaning and sanitising of all of our venues focusing on key customer touch points

  • We will be required to restrict numbers in the venue (initially confined to 20 people per enclosed space & maximum table numbers of 6) and ensure distance of 4 square metres per person so phone bookings are essential on 94354233. There will be floor markings and signs throughout our venues to identify 1.5 metres social distancing between people where there may be the potential to queue or wait.

  • Seating times will be staggered and managed through 1.5 hour reservations to control the flow of patrons

  • Table service will be provided

  • Contactless payment will be preferred

  • Table service for Meals including Drinks ONLY

  • Trading Hours
    Tuesday – Saturday

    12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    Dinner: 2 Sittings
    5:00 pm – 6.45 pm
    7:15 pm – 9.00 pm

    ** Phone Bookings are Essential on 9435 4233**

  • Please note sports bars, gaming rooms, member draws , activities, kids playgrounds, all activities, bands, morning melodies, bingo and function rooms are not currently operating

  • All Food and Bar Promotions have been suspended

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to welcoming you back at Watsonia RSL soon. Don’t forget that you will need to book and you can do so by contacting the venue on 03 9435 4233.

Let’s work together to stop the spread of COVID-19
Help everyone in your community stay safe by downloading the Government COVID-19 Safe App. Simply visit the App. store on your phone or visit

Some mental health tips & strategies to look after yourself and each other

Manage your exposure to media coverage
This can increase feelings of fear and anxiety. Be mindful of sources of information and ensure you are accessing good quality and accurate information. Some useful links at the bottom of this document.

Follow a “calm yet cautious” approach
Do your best to remain calm and be mindful not to contribute to the widespread panic that can hinder efforts to positively manage the outbreak. Ensure you are following directives issued by the government, medical advice and observe good hygiene habits.

Show compassion and kindness to one another
These times of fear, isolation (both physical and social) and uncertainty are when it is most important that we strengthen our sense of community by connecting with and supporting each other. Remind ourselves that we can manage this much better together in solidarity, and that COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate – it can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, nationality or ethnicity.

Actively manage your wellbeing
By maintaining routines where possible, connect with family and friends (even if not in person), staying physically active, eating nutritious foods and seeking additional support when required.

Managing your mental health while in self-isolation or quarantine
There are a number of ways to support your mental health during periods of self-isolation or quarantine.

  • Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation to slow the spread of the virus.
  • Remember that your effort is helping others in the community avoid contracting the virus.
  • Stay connected with friends, family and colleagues via email, social media, video conferencing or telephone.
  • Keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods and try to maintain physical activity.
  • Establish routines as best possible and try to view this period as a new experience that can bring health benefits.
  • For those working from home, maintain a healthy balance by allocating specific work hours, taking regular breaks and establishing a dedicated workspace.

Staying connected through the COVID-19 situation
As connection is so important during this time, here are some tips on staying connected to others: remember – we are all in this together.

If there is someone you think may struggle through social isolation, it is important to reach out to them and let them know you care:

  • Voice or video call them to check on their welfare
  • Send an email
  • Don’t underestimate the power you have to offer hope to another person.

Get creative with how you interact, here are some ways to stay connected if self-isolating:

  • Find a buddy, or group, to set daily challenges with. These could include a healthy habit, a mindful practice, a creative pursuit. Be sure to encourage and check in daily to stay motivated.
  • Set dates and times to watch the same TV shows/movies with someone and message each other your thoughts along the way… kind of like Goggle Box but you’re not sharing the couch!
  • If your local community has one, join its social media group! This will keep you up to date with what’s going on directly around you. It may also include ways you can perhaps reach out and connect with someone less fortunate than you and ways to assist them.

Helping children cope through COVID-19
This is an uncertain time for everyone, and children may be impacted by fear and anxiety. Here are some tips on how to ensure your children are supported;

  • Give your children extra attention and reassurance. Where possible, minimise their exposure to media and social media that may heighten anxiety
  • Acknowledge your own feelings about the situation and let children know it’s okay to share their own feelings
  • Include your children in plans and activities around the house
  • If you don’t see an improvement in 4 weeks, or if you’re concerned, seek professional help (earlier if needed)

Reputable sources of information

Seeking support
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed by news of the outbreak. We encourage people who have experienced mental health issues in the past to:

  • activate your support network
  • acknowledge feelings of distress
  • seek professional support early if you’re having difficulties.

For those already managing mental health issues, continue with your treatment plan and monitor for any new symptoms. Social contact and maintaining routines can be supportive for our mental health and wellbeing. In circumstances where this is not possible, staying connected with friends and family online or by phone may assist.

Acknowledge feelings of distress and seek further professional support if required.

Where to go for support?
It is extremely important to seek out help if you feel you need it. We want to remind everyone that Lifeline is here to offer support to you and listen. Lifeline are committed to ensuring our services continue as normal during this time.

  • 13 11 14 will continue to be operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Lifeline Text 0477 13 11 14 will continue to operate 6pm – midnight (AEDT), 7 nights a week
  • Lifeline webchat will continue to operate 7pm – midnight (AEDT), 7 nights a week
  • Kids Helpline – for children that may need support 1800 55 1800 –

Monday 23rd March

In light of the Government’s decision to close all non-essential services, unfortunately we will be temporarily closed.
We are currently trying to work through the issues as to what we can and can’t do for our Members. So please check our website or facebook for updates. We do not have a re-opening date as yet. To all our valued Members and visitors, please stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

It is important that we, as a veteran network and community, support one another in any way we can, whilst ensuring we look after our own health and wellbeing. Stay home if you are unwell, follow medical and government advice and stay emotionally connected with your family and friends. Pick up the phone and have a chat to loved ones.

Friday 20th March

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. For more information click here.

Watsonia  RSL  takes the welfare of their members very seriously, we will be keeping all members informed as events, promotions or programs are postponed or cancelled. As the operator of this venue, we have a responsibility to help minimise the risk of harm to individuals, our staff, other customers, and to the wider community.

The situation is changing rapidly and we advise that you stay up to date with the latest information about the spread of COVID-19 and the steps being taken to slow the spread. In this time of COVID-19 uncertainty this venue strongly supports the government’s advice regarding social distancing.

How to protect yourself and others:

  • Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading.
  • If you have a confirmed case, you need to isolate yourself to prevent it spreading to other people.

What you can do?

We can all help to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.

Read protect yourself and others for advice on:

To help protect people most at risk, follow the advice on public gatherings and visits to vulnerable groups.

If you are unwell, or experiencing flu like symptoms, please stay home. We are taking every precaution to ensure your visit to our venue is a safe and enjoyable experience.

postponed until further notice

The Management Team at Watsonia RSL take the welfare of all our members seriously and with this in mind the following promotions or events will be postponed until the Victorian Health authorities deem it appropriate to reinstate non essential gatherings indoors of over 100 people. The Management team will notify all members when programs, events or promotions resume.

  • All Members Draws 
  • Friday Night Raffles
  • Bingo
  • Morning Melodies

While the vast majority of people (>80%) are not expected to experience severe illness, there are some members of the community who will be more vulnerable to severe illness. We need to protect them and minimise the burden on the health system. Although work is underway globally, there is currently no available vaccine to prevent COVID-19 nor are there proven standardised antiviral treatments specifically effective against the virus. Trials of antiviral treatments are underway around the world.

The main priority for our RSL in the coming weeks and months is to ensure that we are supporting the veteran community who may be impacted by this event. Over the coming weeks and months, it is important that we, as a veteran network and community, support one another in any way we can, whilst ensuring we look after our own health and wellbeing. Stay home if you are unwell, follow medical and government advice and stay emotionally connected with the RSL, your family and friends. Pick up the phone and have a chat to loved ones.

For details on COVID-19, updates on important news and actions individuals can take, please visit: There is a large amount of misinformation circulating on social media. Seek information from credible sources such as the Department of Health website which provides COVID-19 guidance and related training package. Anyone considering international travel should consult Smartraveller.

For veterans requiring assistance

Our Welfare Coordinator, can be contacted via:
Phone: (03) 9435 6428

As the situation changes, we will endeavour to keep members up to da