Pubs, cafes, restaurants and bars will be allowed to admit up to 50 patrons from June 1, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced this afternoon, in a further easing of the state's lockdown restrictions.
Ms Berejiklian has slammed Ms Palaszczuk's intention to keep Queensland's borders closed until at least September as "not logical". "There are strict guidelines in place, which will ensure that we can do this safely", Ms Berejiklian said.
The Premier dominated that there could be no possibilities of new romance and declared mingling with strangers was frowned upon. You have to be seated at a table, even if it's a pub.
Other restrictions include no buffets or shared cutlery and bookings will be limited to 10 people.
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.
"If you have got symptoms, if you are unwell, we really do encourage you to stay home and get tested", she said in Canberra.More news: Further drop in number of Coronavirus deaths in NI care homes
Deputy premier John Barilaro said June is a time to help the hospitality industry "fill their registers".
Last week, Sydney's hospitality businesses were allowed to reopen for dine-in customers for the first time in two months - for just ten customers.
'We need to see folks visiting the areas visiting motels, pubs, golf equipment, eating places and cafes.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the Government was moving to swiftly and safely get businesses back in business and people back to work.
The Premier added: "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".
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Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello, who is responsible for liquor and gaming regulation, said the NSW Government had liaised exhaustively with both AHA and ClubsNSW to deliver this plan.
Queensland now caps numbers at 10 and will allow 20 from 12 June.
"We are allowing those businesses that have been trading with 10 outdoors now to have 10 indoors also with alcohol".
The move has been welcomed by the Australian Hotels Association, with AHA NSW CEO John Whelan describing it as an "important and positive step forward" for NSW pubs.
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