Food courts to reopen and more people allowed to visit homes

Closed food court. Picture: Roger Stonehouse, The Sydney Morning Herald
Closed food court. Picture: Roger Stonehouse, The Sydney Morning Herald

Food courts will be allowed to reopen from this weekend as coronavirus restrictions are eased further.

In other changes that will also apply from Saturday June 13, the number of people allowed to visit homes will increase from 5 to 20, and the number of people who can gather outdoors increased from 10 to 20.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the changes were "another step towards seeing NSW reopen in a COVID-safe way".

"NSW acted quickly to introduce restrictions to tackle the spread of COVID-19 and I am determined for us to move as quickly as possible out of them," she said.

"We have been a world leader in dealing with COVID-19 and I want us to be an example on how to reopen an economy in a COVID-safe way.

"We will shortly have more to say on easing further restrictions across the state from July 1, which will keep as many people in jobs as possible."

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said every decision the NSW Government is making in relation to easing restrictions is informed by health advice.

"NSW has now gone two full weeks without detecting a single case of recent community transmission of COVID-19 - this is a testament to the hard work of the community," he said.

"The cooperation of the public and business, and our high rates of testing, remain our greatest weapons to stamping out community transmission so it's vital people continue to come forward."

Mr Hazzard said food courts must have a COVID safe plan in place when they reopen on Saturday, including:

  • Abiding by the 4 square metre rule;
  • A maximum of 50 people per separate seated eating area; and
  • Enhanced hygiene and cleaning processes.