Pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants in NSW will now be allowed to seat up to 50 customers from 1 June, subject to a one person per four square metre rule.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the move was about safely bringing back thousands of jobs.
“This decision has been made with expert health advice and both businesses and patrons will be subject to strict rules and guidelines,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“All customers must be seated and no bookings of more than 10 allowed, in addition to many other conditions which must be met.”
Ms Berejiklian announced the measure at the popular dining strip of Stanley Street in Darlinghurst on Friday.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the Government was moving to swiftly and safely get businesses back in business and people back to work.
“There are about 280,000 people employed in this sector of the economy and allowing venues to safely cater for more customers will provide another boost to business and jobs,” Mr Perrottet said.
“NSW is opening back up for business, and as we ease restrictions everybody needs to follow the health and safety guidelines, to ensure we make it a success and can continue.”
All venues must ensure social distancing and will need to develop a COVID Safety Plan consistent with NSW Health guidelines.
Under the new restrictions, venues will not be permitted to take group bookings above 10 people. Patrons have been advised to check with the venue before attending to ensure they will be able to attend.