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NSW pubs allowed 50 patrons from June 1

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From June 1 pubs, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to serve up to 50 patrons if it fits the 4 square metre rule.

In a recent press conference NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the update:

"So today, I'm pleased to announce that on behalf on the NSW government, New South Wales will be taking an important, critical and big step from the 1st of June where pubs, cafes, restaurants and the like will be able to have up to 50 patrons."

"However, this will be with very strict guidelines in place. It has to be in adherence to the 4 square metre rule, so some venues are small in space. They will only be able to have as many customers as is allowed according to the 4 square metre rule and nobody will be able to take bookings of more than 10 people.

"Also nobody will be able to be standing up in these venues, you have to be seated at a table, even if it's a pub, you have to be seated at the table, served at the table, there is no mingling, no standing around. There is strict guidelines in place to ensure that we can do this safely."

NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard has confirmed that hospitality venues will still have to ensure they enforce the four square metre rule, meaning not every venue will be large enough to host 50 people from June 1.

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