New South Wales restaurants may be able to exploit a loophole to accommodate as many as 100 regulars as more coronavirus restrictions are slowly lifted.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced last week that the limits in pubs and restaurants would be limited to 50 people from Monday.
Although the Weekend Australian reports from industry documents are a secret loophole that could double the number of allowed customers at any time.
In an ‘existing seating area’, restaurants can accommodate 50 people.
New South Wales restaurants may be able to exploit a loophole to accommodate as many as 100 regulars as more coronavirus restrictions are slowly lifted
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced last week that the limits in pubs and restaurants would be limited to 50 people from Monday
The clause is left open for interpretation, which can mean as many as 50 people can sit inside, another 50 outside, and some more in private dining rooms.
Still, customers need to sit at tables and have four square feet per person, which means smaller bars and cafes can’t accommodate 50 people.
There are also no buffets or shared cutlery and bookings are limited to 10 people.
Diners will have to register their name and phone number when entering the property so they can be contacted in the event of an outbreak.
“You have to sit at the table, you have to be served at the table.
“There is no mixing, no standing. There are strict guidelines that ensure that we can do this safely, ”said Ms Berejiklian.
The prime minister said she had taken the step of getting Australians back to work after 210,000 lost their jobs in the state in April.
“We ensure that people are not unemployed for a long time and that we can recover from the devastating economic shock,” she said.
As of Monday, a maximum of 20 people are allowed to attend weddings, 50 at funerals and 50 at places of worship.
Dr Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer of NSW, outlined the risks that require management.
“Places of worship will be asked to find alternatives to practices that can spread the virus, such as singing, sharing books, and even passing the collection plate,” said Dr. Chant Friday.
Although the Weekend Australian reports provide industry papers with a secret loophole that could double the number of allowed customers at any time
Restaurants can accommodate 50 people in an ‘existing seating area’
“Singing and chanting together should not take place because of the high risk of transmission.”
Anthony Fisher, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, said in a statement on Friday that the Catholic Church will comply with all government health regulations.
“The closure of our churches and even all places of worship is very disturbing to many believers in our community,” said Archbishop Fisher.
The Archbishop of the Anglican Archdiocese of Sydney says Anglican churches are well prepared to return to services of up to 50 people.
Hand sanitisers are available at each entrance, churches are thoroughly cleaned between services, and designated messengers will note each participant’s contact information.
The clause is left open for interpretation, which can mean as many as 50 people can sit inside, another 50 outside and some more in private dining rooms
Still, customers need to sit at tables and have four square feet per person, which means smaller bars and cafes can’t accommodate 50 people
“We realize that this is not the normality we enjoyed in 2019 … We are grateful for the relief, joy and comfort many parishioners will feel when they meet again in public Christian worship,” said Archbishop Glenn Davies in a statement on Friday.
It’s because NSW registered two new COVID-19 cases from more than 9,900 tests on Friday, both of which were returned overseas travelers to the hotel quarantine in Sydney.
The total number of coronavirus cases in NSW is 3,092 with one person in intensive care.
Meanwhile, the state government is in a fight to get a 12-month cut in the public sector pay through parliament, with MPs vowing to block the measure.
Ms Berejiklian raised the possibility of job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, unless the proposed freeze on Macquarie Street was approved.
The freeze is expected to save $ 3 billion, which will be reinvested in public projects.
But NSW Labor, the Greens and the Shooters party have indicated this week that they will block the movement in the Legislative Council, with a crossbencher claiming that the coalition is engaged in ‘economic blackmail’ during a health crisis.
Last week, Ms Berejiklian sought a freeze on wage increases for MPs, which was extended on Wednesday to include NSW’s full public service of 410,000 workers.