North Coast

Common sense approach to easing restrictions

The state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW, says the easing of social-distancing restrictions on outdoor dining is a common-sense approach that will be appreciated by the business community.

The decision has been made to move to one person per two square metres in outdoor dining venues, commencing from Friday.

“This is something that Business NSW has been advocating for some time and we’re pleased the Government has supported our efforts in helping business owners grow their customer base,” said Business NSW Northern Rivers Regional Manager Jane Laverty.

“Businesses naturally have to play by the rules in terms of their COVIDSafe plans and have QR registration capacities in place, but will relish the opportunity to attract more customers, especially as the weather is getting warmer and encouraging more outdoor dining.

“Activation of some of our under-utilised outdoor spaces and extending footpath dining opportunities for our café’s and restaurants across the Northern Rivers will be an important next step in Covid Era adaption.

“We would like to work with Councils to facilitate this as part of a range of recovery strategies for small business in the region that will depend upon a collaborative approach.

“The NSW Government has also announced that up to 500 people will be allowed to attend outdoor seated music performances, subject to the 4-square-metre rule.

“This will help kick start the live music scene that has been heavily impacted by this pandemic, particularly in the Northern Rivers where we have so many talented artists,” Mrs Laverty said.


About Business NSW

Formerly the NSW Business Chamber, Business NSW is the peak policy and advocacy body which has been representing businesses in NSW since 1826.