End in sight as cafes and restaurants to reopen soon

Restaurants and cafes are among the first businesses to see a return to normal as Prime Minister Scott Morrison has unveiled a three-stage plan to ease business restrictions.

Each state and territory has final discretion over the exact timing of businesses reopening.  Here is a quick snapshot –

Vic & NSW – are yet to announce their timetable for when venues can reopen.

QLD –  dining at restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSLs and cafes will resume on May 16 but will be limited to 10 people at any one time in cities and 20 in regional areas.

SA – Restaurants and cafes with outdoor dining have reopened.  Alcohol will not be served to patrons and a cap of 10 people will be set with 4 square metre social distancing restriction to remain in place.

WA – Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to open dine-in services for up to 20 patrons under the four square metre social distancing rule from May 18.

NT- Restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes and pubs in the Northern Territory will reopen their doors on May 15, with venues limiting patrons to a two hour time limit and 1.5 metre social distancing.

Tas – May 18 begins the ease of restrictions on pubs, clubs, hotels, restaurants and RSLs, with venues capped at 10 patrons for table service dining along with social distancing measures.

ACT – Has not yet indicated when restaurants will resume operations, with Chief Minister Andrew Barr suggesting any changes would be made in line with Victoria and New South Wales.

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