With school holiday's only days away, local businesses are preparing for an influx of patrons ready to 'spring' out of lockdown.
But reopening's have veered into the slow lane for some as owners who worry large turnouts may challenge their COVID safety plans.
Gone Barny in Rosewood was flooded with customers on Saturday, with some saddened to hear the small-town icon was serving takeaway only.
For owner Jenny Murfett, the decision was not an easy one to make.
"People were very disappointed, and it kept me awake overnight," Mrs Murfett said.
"I was thinking it may be hard for people to socially distance, and if the wrong person comes in, we might be getting ourselves in trouble."
"It was very stressful because people wanted to come, were wanting to book tables, but I was worried and instead did takeaways."
The unique business sits on the finish line of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, making it a popular spot for locals and tourists who dare tackle the 21-kilometre track.
"This week, we have decided to open up as per normal and do our absolute best to keep things rolling along." Mrs Murfett said.
"We always have new faces coming from Sydney and the coast during this time of year which is a worry, so we just need to be careful and hope that everyone's doing the right thing."
Towards the region's biggest centre, Mock Orange in Lake Albert is taking a stricter approach by only serving takeaway for the foreseeable future.
Owner Roslyn Mitchell said staff and customer safety is at the forefront of her mind.
"The young people who work for me have not had access to the vaccine until now," Ms Mitchell said.
"I'm all for retail opening up and for seeing friends and family, but to allow people to dine in with their masks off for more than an hour with my staff unvaccinated, I do think it is a bit dangerous."
Fear of COVID restrictions backflipping has also played a concerning role.
"We are the largest inland city in NSW, and I just believe that we could get locked down again at any moment," Ms Mitchell said.
"Pivoting the business from takeaway to dine in does require changes to menu and restocking."
"We know that our local community are supporting us, and we have a fairly strong takeaway business."
"It was unbelievable"
Restaurants and cafes that did open doors to in-house guests were run off their feet by customers.
Down the road from Ms Mitchell, the Crackerjack Cafe and Takeaway in Lake Albert was forced to close well before usual after running out of food.
Owner Deborah Went stated it was unlike any weekend her business had experienced.
"It was the busiest weekend I've ever had apart from Easter, there were just people everywhere," Ms Went said.
"We ran out of chips, and we couldn't get anymore because the suppliers were closed, so we closed."