Published on Oct 27, 2020

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Hunter Valley restaurateurs are eager to welcome back and wine and dine more people under a relaxation of COVID-19 rules.

Gatherings in outdoor public spaces and group bookings at restaurants will be increased to 30 people following the announcement of restrictions easing from Friday 23 October.

The changes will provide a big boost to the hospitality industry within the Hunter Valley Region and the broader community.

Majority of our tourism operators are at capacity now and well into the New Year, the eased restrictions will provide some relief and allow operators to welcome more visitors to the area.

The easing of restrictions and safely increasing capacities will lead directly to more jobs and more opportunities for businesses across NSW.

As the NSW Government ease restrictions and find new ways to get businesses moving it is vital that customers and venues continue to be COVID-Safe as focus remains on managing COVID and opening up the economy in a COVID-Safe way.

The easing of restrictions are applauded and seen as an important step in driving our economy to recover, keep businesses in business and people in jobs.

What you need to know is from Friday 23 October 2020:

  • 30 people can gather outdoors in public spaces (this was previously 20)
  • 30 customers for each booking and 30 customers at each table at hospitality venues (previously the rule was a maximum of 10).
  • in addition, as of last Friday 16 October 2020, corporate functions of up to 300 people can now be held at any appropriate premises, including at restaurants, subject to a COVID-Safe plan (previously just function centres).

Businesses are encouraged to have a COVID-Safe Plan and use electronic methods, including QR codes, to keep a record of guests contact details.

People are reminded to continue to follow the COVID-19 recommendations, this includes maintaining physical distancing and wearing a mask indoors when you cannot physically distance and to stay home if unwell and get tested, even with the most minimal of symptoms.