NSW pubs and clubs to reopen on Friday for dining after coronavirus shutdown


The NSW Government will allow pubs and clubs in the state to reopen attached restaurants and cafes from Friday.

Up to 10 patrons will be allowed inside clubs and pubs to sit down and dine.  

It puts them in line with restrictions regarding cafes and restaurants.

Restaurants and cafes in pubs and clubs will be able to open so long as they adhere to social-distancing requirements.

Bars and gaming facilities will remain closed, however table service for alcohol with a meal will be allowed.

Takeaway services can continue to operate as at present.

“This is an important first step, and we want it to be a success, so that as venues transition back from closure they do so safely both for their staff and their customers,” Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said this would be a real boost for clubs and pubs across regional NSW.

“It’s been a tough few months but we are starting to see some wins, first on the health front and now in getting the economy back, and this is welcome news for many regional towns.”

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said the Government would continue to review the success of the first stage of re-opening and adjust as required.

“Everyone in NSW has done a great job in controlling COVID-19, now as we can begin to open up it will be up to everyone to ensure they follow health guidelines.”

The NSW Australian Hotels Association said the decision to add pubs and clubs to the list of venues being allowed to reopen was a “win for common sense”.

John Green, director of liquor and policing at the NSW Australian Hotels Association, said it was an important first step.

“For our members they were frustrated and they were confused by the decision this week but what’s occurred is they see it as a win for common sense. They see it as an opportunity to open,” Mr Green said.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced last Sunday that outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people would be permitted from Friday.

People will also be allowed to have five visitors in the home at any one time.

Weddings will be allowed to have up to 10 guests while funerals can accommodate up to 20 mourners indoors and 30 outdoors.

The rules have also been relaxed for places of worship, where there can now be up to 10 people at religious gatherings.

Local and regional travel is still not permitted, however, even though restrictions now permit people to be outside for recreational purposes.

On Wednesday, NSW recorded six new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

It also reported one more death linked to the Ruby Princess, which brings the state’s total number of deaths to 47.

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