The NSW Government announced the easing of COVID-19 restrictions today, just in time for the holiday season. More people will be allowed to gather both at home and in outdoor public spaces, and smaller hospitality venues can increase their capacity.
From Tuesday, 1 December:
- Small hospitality venues (up to 200 sqm in size) will be allowed to have one person per two square metres indoors.
- Up to 50 people (previously 20) can visit a residence as long as an outdoor space is being utilised, however, it’s recommended no more than 30 people gather if the residence has no outdoor area.
- Up to 50 people can gather outdoors in a public space (previously 30).
- All indoor venues (including restaurants, cafes, retail and bars): 1 person per 2sqm.
- Patrons will be allowed to drink while standing outdoors at pubs but not indoors (previously, all patrons had to be seated).
From Monday, 14 December:
- The Public Health Order requiring employers to allow employees to work from home will be repealed.
“The community has done an incredible job this year under trying circumstances,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
The increased capacity at smaller hospitality venues will make a big difference to cafés and small restaurants across NSW. Rook Partners look forward to seeing more customers return to our vibrant shopping centres.
For more information about the status of COVID-19 in NSW, head to the NSW Health website.