New South Wales has taken a massive leap forward in easing coronavirus restrictions, by allowing up to 50 patrons back at pubs, cafes and restaurants from next month.
It comes as another three cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in the state overnight, all three of which are still under investigation.
One new death was also reported.
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But despite being the hardest hit Australian state by coronavirus, the government is working to ‘dance with the virus’ rather than try and eradicate it.
From June 1, pubs, cafes, restaurants, and the like, will be able to have up to 50 patrons.
However, Premier Gladys Berejiklian says there are strict rules in place.
“This will be with very strict guidelines in place. It has to be in adherence to the four-square-metre rule. 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.
“Nobody will be able to take bookings of more than 10 people. A maximum booking of 10 people. And also nobody will be able to be standing up in these venues.
“You have to be seated at a table, even if it’s a pub. You have to be seated at the table, you have to be served at the table.
“There is no mingling, no standing around,” Premier Berejiklian said.
It’s hoped the move will help boost the economy, which was also the hardest hit by job losses as a result of the coronavirus shutdown measures announced in March.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard has assured that the right guidelines will be in place.