Bachelor star Elora Murger was forced to close her Mooloolaba cafe, The Rusty Batch, in Queensland on Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic.
After opening just four months ago in November 2019, she decided it was in the best interest for locals, her family, and her mother visiting from France, to cease trade.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Australia from within the cafe as they served their last customers, Elora, 29, said she felt ‘at risk’ staying open as some locals didn’t appear to be taking precautions seriously.
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EXCLUSIVE 'I felt at a really high risk being open': Bachelor star Elora Murger (pictured) closed her Mooloolaba cafe, The Rusty Batch , in Queensland on Friday due to coronavirus fears as some locals 'weren't taking it seriously'
Rise to fame: Elora rose to fame on Bachelor Matthew 'Matty J' Johnson's (left) season in 2017
Elora rose to fame on Bachelor Matthew 'Matty J' Johnson's season in 2017. She then appeared on two seasons of Bachelor In Paradise in 2018 and 2019.
‘To be honest a lot of them [the local community] weren't taking this seriously, unfortunately. This is why I feel like I'm at really high risk here, because a lot of people are saying “nah, it's just a flu”, but now people are starting to really worry about it.’
She said after recent reports that 30 COVID-19 cases had been linked to an event ay Noosa’s restaurant Sails, it had started to hit home for the coastal community.
'My fiancé (Azriel Wratten) was saying, it’s not real until it happens to something close to you… but I don't think anyone should wait until it happens to them to do something about it.’
'We cannot risk exposing ourselves and taking it home': Elora said her mother is staying with her from France and she didn't want to risk her contracting the virus
'I feel like I'm at really high risk here, because a lot of people are saying “nah, it's just a flu”': Elora said the local community didn't appear to take coronavirus seriously until news of cases begun to surge in recent days in Queensland
While the Australian Government hasn't forced restaurants and cafes to close, as of yet, they have limited the venues to takeaway options only.
These new restrictions for Elora’s cafe saw a dramatic drop in foot traffic and revenue, with the Rusty Batch operating at only 10 per cent of its usual trade.
On Elora’s decision to temporarily close her cafe amid the COVID-19 outbreak, she said: 'I felt like a bit of a hypocrite saying open as it's almost allowing people to walk around, and I know that we all have