After reporting zero cases of community transmission in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has eased restrictions further for hospitality venues while the wedding industry will also receive a boost in time for summer.
"All hospitality venues, rather than having bookings of 10, you will be able to have bookings of 30," the Premier said.
"If it's indoors the four square metre rule applies and you can have 30 to a group booking, and if it's outdoors the two square metre applies and you can have 30 to one group booking."
Premier Berejiklian also urged people to eat out for Christmas, citing the health advice that COVID Safe venues would be safer than gathering indoors in a confined space.
"We want everybody to think about their plans and to plan ahead for that," she said.
The limits on outdoor gathering numbers will be raised from 20 to 30, while from 1 December there will be 300 people allowed at weddings so long as guests are sitting down
The announcement followed just four daily cases of COVID-19 reported in NSW, all of which occurred in hotel quarantine.
The Premier has however expressed concern that testing rates were low over the weekend.
Updated at 12:12pm AEDT on 19 October 2020.
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