NSW Government to open pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants to 50 patrons

Cheryl Sanders
May 23, 2020

From next month up to 50 people at a time will be allowed in pubs, cafes and restaurants in Australia's most populous state of New South Wales (NSW), authorities said on Friday.

Ms Berejiklian famous: 'There is no mingling, no standing round. There are strict guidelines in place, which will ensure that we can do this safely'. "You have to be seated at the table, you have to be served at the table", she added.

Table service will be a must with guests to remain seated.

Diners may have to register their identify and cellphone quantity after they enter the premises to allow them to be contacted in the occasion of a coronavirus outbreak.

Target owner Wesfarmers announced that as many as 75 of its stores across the country will close, placing more than 1,000 workers at risk of losing their jobs.

"We already know that for many of these businesses they won't be coming back at all, but for those who are viable, for those who have managed to hang on, we are ensuring we are working together to provide that safe environment".

Deputy Premier John Barilaro mentioned the transfer was a huge increase for regional areas.

"It's our happy hour - it's time to wine and dine", Mr Barilaro said on Friday.

'We want to see people visiting the regions visiting hotels, pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes.

While the Premier didn't mention small bars, distilleries and breweries in the announcement today, they are also now allowed to open as long as liquor is served "with, or ancillary to, food in an area for eating" per the NSW Government legislation.

"A morale boost and the additional economic stimulus provided by pubs and clubs is what our communities need and I look forward to enjoying a beer in the bush with locals very soon".

As well as adhering to the one person per four-square-metres rule, hospitality businesses will not be allowed to take bookings of more than ten people, no customers will be allowed to stand up and all service must happen at the table (ie - no ordering at the bar).

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, NSW is now leading the nation in terms of "reopening the economy" and resuming to business as usual through the lifting of restrictions.

'This has been really considered and thought out to make sure we have the best regulatory settings in place, ' Mr Dominello said.

These include that each patron must have at least four-square-meters of space and aren't allowed to stand, mingle or dance, as well as banning the use of shared cutlery and buffets.

Queensland presently caps numbers at 10 and can enable 20 from 12 June.

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