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Hospitality industry urges Government to ease restrictions to one person per two square metres

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Labor is urging the Government to implement the one person per two square metre rule across all NSW venues to support the hospitality industry during its busiest trading period of the year.

Industry peak bodies and venue operators are demanding a more consistent, clear pathway out of COVID-19, after dealing with confusing, last minute announcements from the Government.

Shadow Minister for Health, Ryan Park, said the industry needs certainty around rule changes to bring some normality back to the year and enable safe health practices.

NSW Premier, Galdys Berejiklian, announced an easing of COVID-19 restrictions on November 25, 2020. Photo: 9News.

“Businesses are more than willing to comply with health regulations. We have seen that since March when COVID-19 first began to impact the industry,” Mr Park said.

“But this Government needs to ensure they are providing clear rule changes with the best interest of keeping the community safe while ensuring businesses are supported during the peak season.

“The Premier needs to stop protecting her own self-image by announcing good news and eased restrictions when she’s facing heat in the public eye.”

Shadow Minister for Better Public Service, Sophie Cotsis, says the Government needs to consider allowing all businesses to implement the one person per two square metre rule as soon as possible.

“The move will help support thousands of jobs to return to the industry which is an important step for economic recovery,” Ms Cotsis said.

“This an opportunity for Government to provide certainty, confidence and boost NSW’s great hospitality sector.”

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