The restaurant industry is furious at only serving 20 diners at the table when Sydney’s closures end on Monday.
With more than 70% of New South Wales residents aged 16 and over now fully vaccinated, Sydney’s four months of economically crippling restrictions will be eased from October 11.
Statewide residents will be allowed to have 10 visitors to their home, with the cap not including children 12 and under.
But hospitality venues, including restaurants and pubs, will only be allowed to have 20 fully vaccinated people per reservation on their premises if they do not receive take-out food, even though they had previously often hosted hundreds. people at a time.
Restaurant & Catering Australia chief executive Wes Lambert said the industry had a mixed reaction to new Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet’s announcement of the easing of restrictions.
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The restaurant industry is furious at serving only 20 diners per reservation at tables when Sydney’s closings end on Monday (pictured, a Sydney bar in February ahead of the closings)
“After intense advocacy on behalf of the NSW hospitality industry, Restaurant & Catering Australia today welcomed some of the changes announced today by the NSW government,” he said.
“The New South Wales hospitality industry has reacted mixed to today’s announcement of the reopening.”
Restaurants will still be limited to 20 diners per reservation when 80% of NSW adults and working-age people have been vaccinated, with this milestone to be reached by the end of October.
They will be subject to strict rules although residents at that time will be allowed to have 20 people in their homes, as outdoor gatherings of 50 are allowed.
Mr Perrottet had reported minor roadmap changes outside of Covid restrictions and on Thursday he announced the reopening of swimming pools, in accordance with gyms and hairdressers.
Restaurants will be required to check the immunization status of their customers, through a Medicare app, until early December, when 90% of people were to be fully immunized.
From Monday they will be allowed to have one guest for four square meters inside, but outside the rules are a little more relaxed with one person for two square meters.
Singing among guests will be prohibited and children under 16 who are not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult at all times in a restaurant, unless they are collecting take-out.
With more than 70% of NSW residents aged 16 and over now fully vaccinated, Sydney’s four-month restrictions will be relaxed from October 11.
Mr Perrottet also announced that from Monday, outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people would be allowed, instead of 20, while weddings and funerals would be allowed to accommodate 100 people, instead of 50.
When 80% of NSWs are fully vaccinated, up to 3,000 people will be allowed to attend controlled, paid outdoor events, up from 500 previously.
Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen for seated drinking only without dancing, and masks will no longer be required in office buildings.
Only fully vaccinated people will benefit from the new freedoms in reception areas from Monday.
All Sydney residents from Monday will only be able to travel anywhere in Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong or Shellharbour, but not beyond to regional areas until 80% of people are fully vaccinated.
Restaurant & Catering Australia managing director Wes Lambert said the industry had a mixed reaction to new Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet’s announcement of easing restrictions (pictured alfresco dinners in Newtown in western Sydney)
As of August 16, residents of these large areas classified as greater Sydney were limited to their council area, or 3 miles from their homes if they were in a nearby local government area.
That has been cut in half compared to the 10km rule introduced when the lockdown began on June 26 to tackle the more contagious Delta strain of Covid.
The Sydney CEO Gabriel Metcalf’s committee said a 5km rule should never have been introduced.
“We would have liked the 5 km radius to be removed,” he said.
“It never made sense to keep our community so disconnected, especially since many are already vaccinated.”
Sydney CEO Gabriel Metcalf’s committee said a 5km rule should never have been introduced (pictured are people gathering outside in Coogee)
As of Monday, all stay-at-home orders will be lifted and the state government will not have stricter rules for advice from designated hot spots, mainly in western and southwestern Sydney, who had two-hour outdoor exercise limits and required residents to be no more than 3 miles from the house in any direction, unless they were an essential worker .
The lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne in August brought national credit card debt down to its lowest level since January 2004, new data from the Reserve Bank of Australia revealed on Thursday.
RateCity’s research director Sally Tindall said consumers have cut spending with the closure of non-essential retail businesses during shutdowns in Australia’s largest cities.
“As difficult as they are, the lockdowns have been incredibly effective in getting people to focus on their personal finances,” she said.