Letter to Member; COVID-19. Pubs, Cafe’s And Restaurants – Useful Links; Local Government (22 May 2020)

May 22, 2020

Dear Member / Friend,

The New South Wales Government has today announced that pubs, clubs, cafes, and restaurants from 1 June 2020 can have up to 50 customers, provided they adhere to the social distancing rules, in particular the 4-square metre rule and the 1.5 metre rule. This is up from the previous allowance of up to 10 patrons.

There are additional requirements:

  • All customers must be seated;
  • No bookings of more than ten (10) are allowed; and
  • Venues are to develop a COVID Safety Plan, consistent with NSW Health Guidelines.

https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/nsw-government-to-open-pubs-clubs-cafes-and-restaurants-to-50-patrons ; and https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/safe-workplaces/hospitality  in relation to the rules that must be followed, as well as guidelines.

This stronger sign of getting back to normal is very welcome – though we have a long way to go and need to do it safely. Today’s announcement, part of the “roadmap” to economic recovery will help a sector that has been badly affected by COVID-19. Apart from being an economic improvement, some would say “gamechanger”, it will also provide us all with additional options to get out and about in our day to day lives. Booking ahead is likely to be useful, if not a requirement for some venues. Again, I urge you to have a meal out and help our local businesses get back on their feet.

The Federal Government has announced a $1.8 billion package to assist local government infrastructure projects such as roads, as well as local community infrastructure projects such as bridges, tunnels, bicycle and walking paths and picnic facilities. The Deputy Prime Minister has said that the package will enable Councils “to oversee programs that will employ local people who have found themselves out of work because of COVID-19”.

See the media release: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/1-8-billion-boost-local-government which explains the new $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and the bringing forward of $1.3 billion of the 2020-21 Financial Infrastructure Grant. Sounds a bit complicated. The precise details will need to be spelt out, but it is a solid step to help regional areas.

Armidale Regional Council should have shovel ready projects for this package. It would be good to hear further about the Council’s plans.

All the very best and keep distant.


Anthony Fox

Armidale Business Chamber

0402 838 077

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