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Relaxed restrictions for outdoor dining and music performances

13 October 2020

The new restrictions allow hospitality venues with outdoor areas and outdoor seated music performances to increase capacity in a COVID Safe way.

A group of friends sitting at an outdoor pub

The eased restrictions start from Friday 16 October 2020. Under the new rules:

  • hospitality venues can allow one person for every two square metres for outdoor areas. This previously was one person per four square metres
  • up to 500 people can attend outdoor seated music performances and rehearsals for venues complying with the four square metre rule. This previously was a total of 20 people.

All businesses and venues must use electronic methods such as QR codes to record and keep contact details.

Restaurants, cafes and bars that have outdoor seating sections will be able to increase capacity in a COVID Safe way with the relaxed two square metre rule. 

Venues and organisers of outdoor music performances and rehearsals must have a COVID Safety Plan in place. 

Learn more and get ready for a COVID Safe summer

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