Back to the bar! Australians enjoy beer and dinner with friends after the limitations of the corona virus are lifted
To take advantage of the easing of the coronavirus restrictions quickly, Australians flocked to bars, restaurants and even casinos on Friday nights.
Punters lined up outside the popular haunts as they tried to pack a table, some of which were open for the first time since the lock started in March.
The doors of cinemas and even night clubs were thrown open in the Northern Territory, which has had no active COVID-19 cases since May as it entered phase three of their ‘roadmap’ on Friday afternoon.
Territories enjoyed the most relaxed restrictions in the country by restarting team sports, stadium events, and going to the pub for a drink, without having to eat food.
Tasmania also moved from Friday afternoon prior to the long weekend to serve drinks without ordering food.
But in New South Wales, it was the restaurants that turned out to be the most popular, with locals wanting to end the months of home cooking.
Couples are seen in line outside Colombo Social in Sydney on a Friday night (pictured) as residents hit the city with eased coronavirus restrictions
Club-goers queue at Opium nightclub in Darwin (pictured), one of the first in Australia to open on Friday
THE NORTHERN AREA
The NT went to phase three at 3 pm on Friday afternoon.
Entertainment venues, including cinemas, concert halls and night clubs, all opened their doors.
Partygoers could even have a drink without ordering food, while team sports returned to the field.
Arenas and stadiums reopened to the public, but if there were more than 500 people, the event required a separately approved COVID-19 safety plan.
While the NT has made a huge leap forward in their return to “normal,” Territorians must continue to follow physical distances and practice good hand hygiene.
A minimum of 1.5 meters is required between people who do not know each other. Surfaces touched by more than one person should be cleaned regularly.
Prime Minister Michael Gunner says it is an exciting time for the region, but has called on locals to remain vigilant and to practice good hygiene and physical distance wherever possible.
“I know sometimes it feels like we don’t have to worry about anything,” he said.
“But the danger from COVID-19 is still high, and we must remain the best to keep the area we all love safe.”
A busy Cairo restaurant in Sydney is seen on Friday night (pictured) as eager diners pour into the city
Bartenders watch Friday night prepare cocktails for gamblers in Newtown in Sydney (photo)
WHAT CAN YOU DO IN THE NORTHERN AREA?
FROM AFTERNOON JUNE 5:
Perform all licensed game activities, including a TAB.
Resume exercising, participating and supporting playing team sports such as football, basketball, soccer and netball.
Visit a cinema or theater, concert hall, music hall, ballroom, nightclub or other similar entertainment venue in an approved configuration.
Visit an entertainment venue.
Visit a bar without eating any food.
Operate and access all previously limited services in a place that offers beauty therapy and / or cosmetic services including facial care.
Operate and access all previously limited services in a place where tattoos or body art are offered, such as branding and piercings.
Visit an amusement park, community center, recreation center or play center.
Attend an arena, stadium, sports facility, including community and sports competitions with spectators in approved seating configuration. However, if there are more than 500 people, the event requires a separately approved COVID-19 safety plan.
All businesses, facilities and services that were previously limited can now be resumed, ensuring adherence to key principles.
SOURCE: Northern Territory Government
On Friday, Tasmanians were able to buy a beer from 3 p.m. without ordering food, with up to 40 people allowed at a venue.
The state government announced on Tuesday that it will put two restrictions on stage on Friday, ten days ahead of schedule.
Beauty therapy companies and tattooists have also reopened, and burial limits have risen to 50 people.
Police are urging people to stay safe during the Queen’s birthday weekend, still with social distance requirements.
They will patrol nightlife areas and roads, with camping, visits to vacation homes, and overnight stays in accommodations also permitted from 3:00 PM.
“We want people to have fun … but we should all do it safely,” said Assistant Commissioner Jonathan Higgins in a statement.
“We ask Tasmanians to make sure they adhere to the restrictions that still apply today, keep a safe distance from others where possible and be courteous to those around them.”
The state has been gone for 20 days without a new COVID-19 case and has only three active.
Couples are seen on Friday night outside and socially distant in Sydney’s Newtown (photo)
Employees see names and numbers noted to enable contact tracking in Sydney’s Hartsyard restaurant on Friday nights (see photo)
PHASE TWO IN TASMANIA
- Weddings can have 40 guests
- Religious ceremonies, private worship and church services, including baptisms, can have 40 participants
- 50 mourners can attend the funerals
- The number of visitors to households increases to 10 people
- Business meetings increase to 20
- 40 visitors per cinema
- 80 visitors to museums, galleries and historical sites
- 40 participants (with an additional 20 people specified for artists) in theaters and concert halls
- 40 people in zoos and wildlife parks
- Restaurant and cafe gatherings rise to 40
- Pubs, clubs and bars can open and serve food and / or drinks to seated customers, with a collective limit of 40
SOURCE: Tasmanian government
Queensland is in phase two of their coronavirus limitations since Monday.
Queenslanders can travel all over the state and pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes can accommodate up to 20 guests.
Gyms reopened their doors and meetings of up to 20 people are now allowed.
Phase three is scheduled for July 10, but is subject to change.
A buzzy restaurant can be seen Friday night in Newtown in Sydney as restrictions continued to ease (see photo)
NEW SOUTH SALE
Sydney’s pubs and clubs were brought back to life on Monday with up to 50 people inside as part of the state-eased COVID-19 restrictions.
On Monday, beauty salons, museums, galleries, libraries, zoos and aquariums were reopened.
But on Friday, the restaurants were the heaviest, with gamblers eager to grab a meal and a drink.
Residents can also go on vacation to the regions of the state this weekend, with campgrounds and caravan parks reopening after recreational regional travel was banned in March.
The NSW government announced on Tuesday that from June 13, up to 10 people may participate in dance, yoga, or pilates classes, while up to 100 people will be allowed in an indoor venue such as a gym.
On Friday night, the streets are buzzing in Sydney (photo), with people making the most of relaxed restrictions
Friends are seen over dinner and drinks in Sydney on Friday night (photo) when restrictions were relaxed
Licensed locations throughout the state are open on Mondays, with a limit of 80 customers at once, spread over at least four areas.
Customers can also have a drink without ordering food, but have to sit down.
Phase two of the eased restrictions in SA also allow movie theaters, theaters, galleries, museums, wineries, beauty salons, and gyms to reopen.
Contactless indoor and outdoor sports can be resumed while 50 people can attend a funeral.
Entertainment locations, including cinemas, concert halls and nightclubs, opened their doors in the NT on Friday
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 7,240
New South Wales: 3,106
Western Australia: 592
South Australia: 440
Australian Capital Territory: 107
Northern Territory: 29
TOTAL CASES: 7,240
Tourist hotspots in northern Western Australia are ready to welcome visitors after authorities agree to lift coronavirus-related biosafety restrictions.
Commonwealth restrictions on the Kimberley, Shire or Ngangyatjarraku and parts of the East Pilbara will be lifted on Friday.
But as popular destinations like Broome and Kununurra reopen, 274 remote indigenous communities remain off-limits.
A range of COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed on Saturday, including increasing the meeting limit to 100 people, with 300 allowed in multi-divided locations.
Many companies will resume trading, including beauty salons, cinemas and gyms, while Perth Zoo will be open to the public for the first time in its 122-year history after closing.
AUSTRALIAN MAIN AREA
The ACT is located in step 2.1 of the Canberra recovery plan.
It is allowed to visit NSW for a holiday and outdoor meetings of up to 10 people are allowed.
Weddings and funerals have a limit of 20 guests indoors and 30 outdoors
Deckbar publicist Jason Hanna in Darwin on May 15 after the coronavirus restrictions eased