New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced tighter restrictions on hospitality venues, with the state recording eight new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. Cafes, clubs and restaurants will be required to adhere to the same restrictions being enforced at pubs from today. The new rules will come into effect next Friday.

Under the restrictions, capacity at larger venues will be capped at 300 people, and group bookings will be wound back from 20 people to 10. The four-square-metre rule will continue to apply. Additionally, weddings and corporate events will be capped at 150 people, and no more than 100 will be admitted to funerals and places of worship.

There will be no changes to outdoor gatherings, with the premier saying there is higher threat of the disease spreading indoors.

“We’re doing okay, but we’re on high alert,” Berejiklian said at this morning’s press conference. She said that while the rules won’t come into effect until next Friday, giving businesses time to prepare, she would like venues to begin practicing these steps straight away.