50 people allowed in NSW restaurants from June 1 — HAPPY HOUR

Elias Hubbard
May 23, 2020

"However, this will be with very strict guidelines in place, it has to be in adherence to the four square metre rules, so some venues are small in space, they will only be able to have as many customers as is allowed in that space according to the four square metre rule".

Businesses will still be required to enforce the four square metre rule and venues will only be allowed to book for a maximum of 10 people.

All venues must ensure social distancing and will need to develop a COVID Safety Plan consistent with NSW Health guidelines.

A little over a week ago, it was announced that NSW pubs, clubs, and restaurants were reopening - but in a limited capacity of 10 patrons max.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro says gyms, yoga studios, and beauticians could also be back in business in the coming month or so.

'It's our happy hour, time to wine and dine, ' he said.

"From June 1 we can start re-employing our staff and open up our hotels once again as a great place for our communities to meet, relax and socialise".

Additionally, bookings of more than 10 will be banned, and patrons won't be allowed to stand.

"Going to 50 will give the opportunity for the majority of restaurants, the majority of bars across our state to open", he told reporters.

The NSW chief medical officer, Dr Kerry Chant, reported an 80-year-old woman, who had been diagnosed with Covid-19, died overnight in Concord Hospital.

Australia's hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit by social distancing restrictions imposed in March to slow the spread of coronavirus.

At present, 10 people are allowed in pubs, restaurants and cafes in New South Wales, under the Phase 1 reopening guidelines agreed upon by the national cabinet.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called this decision an "important, critical, big step". "We want to breathe life into the New South Wales economy", said Perrottet.

"Effective immediately, any establishment with indoor dining can avail themselves of the reduction in restrictions".

You have to be seated at a table, even if it's a pub. The state will enter stage two of the federal government's three-stage plan at the beginning of June.

Other businesses including cinemas, theatres and indoor gyms will also be free to open.

It comes after no new cases were recorded yesterday with only 12 active cases in the state. Check your state's restrictions on gathering limits.

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