NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a further easing of the State’s social distancing provisions with pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants being permitted to serve up to fifty diners at a time from the first of June.

However, these venues must confirm with the social distancing provisions whereby there is a four square metres  distance at a table for four people. At this stage there will be no standing up or around a bar and group bookings of no more than ten people will be permitted.

On the arts scene, art galleries, museums and libraries will also reopen on the first of June. These venues, too, will have restrictions. It is proposed that with the larger institutions a ticketing system will be made available online whereby patrons will be allocated a ‘ticket’ stating the time they are permitted to enter a venue, in order to stagger the number of people gaining entry.  However there will be no time restriction after a patron gets inside.

In relation to libraries any books that are borrowed will have a twenty four hour quarantining period before they can be borrowed again.

Other measures permit the gathering of ten people in the open air for a boot camp or a picnic, five people (including children) may visit friends in their homes and Houses of Worship may open to devotees of not more than ten people. The number of people attending a funeral remains at no more than ten people at this stage.