Pubs and clubs will join cafes, restaurants, and places of worship in welcoming back people inside their doors as NSW enjoys its first day under an easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

From Friday, outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed and up to five people, including children, can visit households.

Religious gatherings and places of worship can now welcome up to 10 people while restaurants and cafes are allowed to have up to 10 patrons at a time as long as they maintain social distancing.

A total of 10 guests are allowed at weddings and up to 20 people at indoor funerals and up to 30 at outdoor funerals.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet confirmed this week pubs and clubs will join cafes and restaurants in being able to open for dining from Friday as part of the state government’s push to boost the economy.

The NSW announcement came after the national cabinet recommended excluding pubs and clubs.

Bars and gaming facilities will remain closed but table service for alcohol with a meal will be allowed so long as businesses adhere to social distancing requirements and stick to a limit of 10 patrons.


Takeaway services will continue as before.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Thursday she understood it would not be viable for many larger venues to open on Friday.

Only 10 people will be allowed per venue “even if there (are) multiple rooms or multiple facilities”.

After closing their doors to worshippers in March, Catholic churches in NSW will reopen on Friday for private prayer, confession and small-scale masses, a statement from the Sydney Catholic Archdiocese said on Thursday.

St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney’s CBD will open at 6.30am with the first of four masses on Friday to begin at 7am.

Outdoor equipment including gyms and playgrounds can be used with caution, with people encouraged to wipe down the equipment, and outdoor pools are open with restrictions.


Randwick City Council will reopen all of its beaches for recreation from Friday, including Clovelly, Coogee and Maroubra, as well as some ocean pools.

NSW on Thursday reported four additional cases from 9700 tests, bringing the state’s total to 3063. Eight people are in intensive care.

The state’s COVID-19 toll stands at 47 and the national toll at 98.


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