NSW to increase venue capacity to 50

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

The NSW Government has announced a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions for NSW pubs, with 50 people allowed to gather at a venue from June 1.

'We are ensuring folks aren't long-term unemployed, and that we are able to bounce again from the devastating financial shock, ' she mentioned.

'You have to be seated on the desk, you will have to be served on the desk, ' Ms Berejiklian mentioned.

Patrons will not be allowed to stand inside and must be seated. "There will be very strict guidelines because the last thing we want to do is to have to shut businesses down because they haven't complied and the last thing we want to do is go backwards".

The Premier added that the NSW taskforce had been focused on making sure the roadmap to recovery was one with safety at its forefront, but also acknowledged that many businesses and operators would not survive the shutdown.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the move was a big boost for regional areas.

"It's our happy hour, time to wine and dine".

Venues will need to continue to adhere to physical distancing measures, including one person per 4 square metre density requirement.

"Going to 50 will give the opportunity for the majority of restaurants, the majority of bars across our state to open", he told reporters.

But the new, more relaxed restrictions, mean Australia's worst-affected coronavirus state will soon have the nations most relaxed social-distancing laws, bar the Northern Territory. Her death brings the national toll to 101. "So a small step", SA Premier Steven Marshall said.

"Effective immediately, any establishment with indoor dining can avail themselves of the reduction in restrictions".

Western Australia already permits 20 patrons to be inside a pub without delay. The state will enter stage two of the federal government's three-stage plan at the beginning of June.

Other businesses including cinemas, theatres and indoor gyms will also be free to open.

South Australia again reported no new virus infections on Friday.

It comes after no new cases were recorded yesterday with only 12 active cases in the state. Check your state's restrictions on gathering limits. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

Fitch Ratings today downgraded its outlook on Australia's coveted "AAA" rating to "negative" from "stable", citing the hit to the country's economy and public finances from the Covid-19 pandemic.



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