Pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants across the state will soon be able to have up to 50 customers, subject to strict rules, as COVID-19 restriction are eased.

The move is about safely bringing back thousands of jobs and has been widely welcomed by businesses and the community.

This decision has been made with expert health advice and both businesses and patrons will be subject to strict rules and guidelines. A one-person per four square metre rule and strict social distancing guidelines will be in place, all customers must be seated, and no bookings of more than 10 will be allowed, in addition to many other conditions which must be met.

Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro is playing a key role in the Government’s roadmap for reopening the economy and has worked extensively with both the AHA and ClubsNSW.

“This is a game-changer right now, as we continue to deal with the aftermath of the devastating bushfires, continued drought and COVID-19, it’s important for people to find a way to enjoy themselves and take a break from the daily pressures they are facing,” Mr Barilaro said.

“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.”

The Government is moving to swiftly and safely get businesses back in business and people back to work. There are about 280,000 people employed in this sector of the economy and allowing venues to safely cater for more customers will provide another boost to business and jobs. NSW is opening back up for business, and as authorities ease restrictions everybody needs to follow the health and safety guidelines, to ensure we make it a success and can continue.

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

The AHA and ClubsNSW have confirmed their members will comply with all conditions stipulated by NSW Health.

Patrons have been advised to check with the venue before attending to ensure they will be able to attend.