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Easing of restrictions for restaurants and outdoor dining

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More good news for small businesses in the hospitality sector with the easing of restrictions on outdoor gatherings and restaurant dining as we enter the COVID-19 recovery phase.

From Friday 23 October:

  • 30 people can gather outdoors in public spaces (previously it was 20);
  • 30 customers per booking and 30 patrons per table at hospitality venues (it was a maximum of 10).

From Friday 16 October, up to 300 people can attend a corporate function at any appropriate venue such as restaurants, as long as they have a COVID-Safe plan (previously it was just function centres) 

Small businesses in the wedding industry will welcome news that from Tuesday 1 December the number of people who can attend a wedding in NSW will grow to 300, subject to the four square metre rule indoors and the two square metre rule outdoors.  

NSW Small Business Commissioner Chris Lamont said the announcement was another positive step for hospitality small businesses.

“As we approach the peak period for the hospitality industry the easing of restrictions should aid business recovery and build confidence.” 

All businesses are reminded that they must use electronic methods, including QR codes, to record and keep contact details of patrons.

For more information on the COVID-19 rules around gatherings and staying safe at work, visiting family and friends or going out, check the NSW Government website.


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