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New strict Covid-19 rules for NSW venues

Tuesday 21, Jul 2020

New rules limiting pubs to group bookings of 10 people and capping the number of customers inside a venue to 300 people have come into effect overnight, with the same measures to be enforced across clubs, cafes and restaurants from next Friday

The new compliance measures also require venues to appoint dedicated Hygiene Marshalls to patrol venues to keep customers safe.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NSW was at a crucial stage of the pandemic.

“We want venues strictly implementing their COVID-Safe plans and customers abiding by the rules of the venue they are in,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“It is critical people remember when they are at a venue they remain seated. This reduces the risk of transmission.”

Under the new measures, designated venues across NSW are required to:

  • Limit people per booking or table to 10 (reduced from 20)
  • Cap venue capacity to 300 people at any one time
  • Register as COVID-Safe through
  • Appoint a dedicated COVID Safe Hygiene Marshall in distinctive clothing to oversee social distancing, cleaning and hygiene at the venue (different requirements based on venue size);
  • Maintain a digital record of patron names and phone numbers

This applies to pubs and will also apply to clubs, cafes and restaurants from Friday 24 July.

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