Clubs and pubs will reportedly be reopened to 10 customers at a time in New South Wales from Friday, due to the ease of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
Permitting the customers to dine in will provide a much-needed boost to the industry after an 8-week lockdown. Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, ordered the closure of cinemas, gyms, restaurants, clubs, pubs, and bars on 23rd March to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The federal government has recently given the green light for various states to ease the restrictions within their timelines as the infection rate curve in Australia seems to have flattened. However, all gaming facilities and bars will remain closed.
According to Dominic Perrottet, New South Wales Treasurer, the resumption of operations in clubs and pubs is a crucial step and he anticipates the success of the transition by ensuring health and safety of the customers and staff members. To ensure this, all venues must adhere to the social distancing guidelines by strictly following the 10-patron rule to get the economy back up in a safe manner.
The recent announcement will expand the industry in the regional towns where pubs are boosting due to high local customers. This will be beneficial for small pubs and pose a financial worry to bigger pubs in Sydney as serving only 10 customers at a time will not sufficiently aid their financial trouble. Merivale, a hospitality giant, confirmed that it would continue operating only on the takeaway-only policy until the governments further ease the restrictions.
However, the maximum capacity of customers in RSLs, clubs, and pubs in Queensland will be 30. They can stay for 2 hours at the maximum & must order food items. Additionally, 20 customers are allowed in other regions. In South Australia, pubs are to remain shut for the time-being. Groups of over 20 people will be allowed in venues from 8th June, after the ease of 2nd stage of coronavirus restrictions.
There were no new confirmed cases of coronavirus in NSW on Monday.