The NSW Government has extended its easing of Covid-19 restrictions by allowing pubs and clubs to open their restaurants from Friday May 15, along with cafes and eateries.
Bars and gaming facilities will remain closed, but you will be able to order a boozy drink with your meal. Takeaway from the venues will also continue.
The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian had previously kept pubs and clubs out of the easing of stage-one restrictions, suggesting it would be safer to wait. Like other dining venues, the restaurants will be forced to stick to strict social distancing measures, which include only 10 people seated at any time. Tables will still have to be 1.5-metres apart.
This would be good news to the Australian Hotels Association, which had been lobbying for clubs and pubs to be included in the stage-one lift. It said in a statement earlier this month that political leaders could be held to account by pub patrons and staff, if their favourite local venues are permanently shut as a result of the "roadmap to recovery’"and its failure to stop the collision course that will drive many hotels operators into a mountain of debt. There's been a similar call of action from Clubs NSW.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet confirmed the news on Wednesday to the Sydney Morning Herald, saying: "We realise the smaller venues will be the ones who gain most, but we are working hard to ensure we open in a safe manner and get the economy back up and firing."
More to come.