Changes to group bookings and table seating effective Friday 23 October 2020
As of Friday 23 October 2020, restaurants, cafes and other food and drink premises can take up to 30 customers per booking and seat 30 customers per table.
How many people are allowed
Full details are provided in the physical distancing section of the COVID-19 Safety Plan.
|Restaurants and cafes including food courts and other food and drink premises||Maximum capacity summary|
300 patrons, or the number allowable by one customer per 4 square metres indoors and one customer per 2 square metres outdoors, whichever is the lesser. Venues using capacity calculations of one customer per 2 square metres outdoors must use electronic methods to collect contact details for each customer. Children count towards the capacity limit.
In food courts, the maximum capacity is one customer per 4 square metres of space.
|Gatherings with specific limits||
Weddings: 150 guests, or one guest per 4 square metres for a wedding service, whichever is less. Children count towards the capacity limit.
Funerals, memorial services and gatherings after such events: 100 attendees, or one attendee per 4 square metres. Children count towards the capacity limit.
Corporate events: 300 people or one person per 4 square metres of space (excluding staff), whichever is less. Children count towards the capacity limit.
|Group bookings and table seating||
No more than 30 customers in a booking (except for weddings, funerals or corporate events).
No more than 30 customers at a table.
Children count towards the capacity limit.
COVID-19 Safety Plans and registration are mandatory for all food and drink premises except food courts
Under Public Health Orders, all restaurants and cafes including food courts and other food and drink premises must complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Complete the plan in consultation with your workers, then share it with them. Putting your plan into action will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and reassure your customers that they can safely visit your business.
Except for food courts, all venues must register as COVID Safe. Food courts should considering registering.
Keep your plan up to date
You may need to update the plan in the future, as restrictions and advice changes.
You will need to have an up to date plan at your premises at all times and be able to show it to an authorised officer if requested.
Your COVID-19 Safety Plan
You can either:
- use the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan to address the checklist of matters for your restaurant, cafe or food court
- keep using your existing plan, if you have one, after making sure it includes all the items in the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Things to note:
- If you complete the plan online it will take 30 to 45 minutes and must be completed in one session.
- You may need to review current NSW Health guidance on the following areas before completing your plan:
- Ensure COVID-19 Safety Plans are in place, where relevant, for:
Register as a COVID Safe business
If you've completed your COVID-19 Safety Plan, you can register as COVID Safe.
Translated COVID-19 Safety Plans
- العربية Arabic COVID-19 Safety Plan: restaurants and cafes (PDF, 210.01 KB)
- 汉语, 漢語 Chinese simplified COVID-19 Safety Plan: restaurants and cafes (PDF, 248.58 KB)
- 한국어 Korean COVID-19 Safety Plan: restaurants and cafes (PDF, 185.78 KB)
- ภาษาไทย Thai COVID-19 Safety Plan: restaurants and cafes (PDF, 211.86 KB)
- Tiếng Việt Nam Vietnamese COVID-19 Safety Plan: restaurants and cafes (PDF, 144.83 KB)
Information for the hospitality industry
Last updated: 29 October 2020