Restaurants, Bars, Pubs and Cafes Are Allowed To Reopen But What Can We Expect

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BREAKING: NSW cafes, pubs, and restaurants will be able to serve up to 50 people at a time from June 1, 2020. 

Great news for those of us craving a sneaky catch-up over coffee or wine, but will it be enough to lure some bigger venues out of hibernation?

Since last Friday, pubs, restaurants and cafes have been able to serve a maximum of 10 patrons at a time in NSW with many venues saying it's simply not worth it.

Small bars, will still be restricted - working out the number of patrons allowed will depend on the area size of the venue. 

Restaurant and Catering Association Australia (R&CA), representing almost 50,000 restaurants, cafes and caterers across the country, presented the national cabinet with suggested best practice guidelines to support the reopening of restaurants and keep customers safe.

Here are some of the recommendations you can expect to see:

• 1.5-metre distance between tables.

• Bookings can be no larger than 10 people

• All patrons must have the CovidSafe app or record their name and number at the place they dine in so they can be contacted later if needed.

• Social distancing in waiting areas.

• Removing the limit on “tap and go” payments, having wipes available for patrons to wipe down the cash register keypad before use.

• No condiments on tables. No buffets.

• No standing, mingling or dancing. 

• Disposable or chalkboard menus, or laminated if they can be cleaned.

• Commercial dishwashers that can sanitise cutlery and crockery to 80 degrees, or recyclable cutlery and crockery.

• Hand sanitisers throughout the location.

• Staff practising WHO and state/federal health guidelines – ie wiping down tables and chairs between each patron; no bar service.

It's not quite the experiential atmosphere that foodies crave when dining out, but hopefully the movement to support the industry, in the safest possible way, will prevail. R&CA CEO Wes Lambert confirms “our industry is ready and willing to reopen, ready and willing to follow best practice rules and most importantly, ready and willing to start serving customers again.”

Open For Dine-In

Some of the cafes and restaurants open for sit down meals include: The Field at Easts Rugby, Mejico in Pitt Street, The Boatshed La Perouse, Rashays (all NSW venues), Black Star Pastry, Cali Press, Gather on the Green Camperdown, Berowra Village Tavern, XS Espresso, Mary's Newtown, Down N' Out CBD (also a pop-up food truck in Marrickville), Reuben Hills Surry Hills, Pilu at Freshwater, and Devon Cafe North Sydney.

Please note, all these venues will be open with limited menus and allocated dining times. Check with the venues before you dine - bookings essential! 

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