New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced some of the state’s coronavirus restrictions will be wound back this week. From this Friday, October 16, hospitality venues will be allowed to double their capacity, with one patron for every two square metres permitted (an increase from one every four square metres). Businesses who want to double their outdoor patronage must use an electric method, such as QR codes, to record and keep patrons’ details should contact tracing become necessary.

Plus, effective immediately, 500 people will be permitted to attend outdoor seated concerts (subject to the four-square metre rule). The limit until now has been audiences of 20. Organisers must ensure audiences are suitably physically distanced and that all attendees are recorded.

“Cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs can now open up to more people as we enter summer and this will help drive recovery and keep people in jobs,” NSW treasurer Dominic Perrottet said in a statement.