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Written by Daniel Brimelow
on June 02, 2020

With information flying around thick and fast and a lot of misinformation out there-  we have compiled the below state-by-state guide on the maximum allowed patrons as of June 1 as well as obligations on businesses relating to record keeping.  These will likely change as less cases are presented and the links in each section will take you to the relevant states portal to ensure that you can keep up to date.

NSW Key Points

  • 50 Patrons per Existing Dining Area (1 patron per 4 sqm and 1.5m social distancing rules also apply)
  • Requirement to complete COVID Safe Plan – NSW Covid-19 Safety Plan Template
  • Recording Keeping: Keep name and mobile number or email address for all staff, dine-in customers and contractors for a period of at least 28 days – This can be in digital form such as using Infosign or similar sign in systems, there are also several providers offering QR Code Scanning options, you can also use simple paper and pen…. Shop around for the best deal!
  • Maximum 10 people per table (again 1.5 M social distancing rules apply)
  • Alcohol can only be consumed by seated customers

More info: NSW Covid-19 Restaurant and Cafes

VIC Key Points

    • Deep clean the venue before reopening.
    • 20 Patrons per enclosed space (increasing to 50 from 21 June).
    • 1 patron per 4 sqm and 1.5m social distancing rules also apply.
    • Have at least one staff member complete Victorian Government Training Course – VIC Return To Work Covid-19
    • Recording Keeping: Keep name and mobile number or email address for all staff, dine-in customers and  contractors for a period of at least 28 days – This can be in digital form such as using Infosign or similar sign in systems, there are also several providers offering QR Code Scanning options, you can also use simple paper and pen…. Shop around for the best deal!
    • Alcohol can only be served with a meal that is more than a snack
    • Maximum 6 people per table

More Info: VIC Covid-19 Hospitality

QLD Key Points

  • 20 Patrons per venue
  • From Friday 5 June, under a COVID safe industry plan (currently being developed by industry bodies in consultation with QLD Government) venues with more space will be able to go further and allow up to 20 people in each separate area. QLD Covid-Safe Plans
  • 1 patron per 4 sqm and 1.5m social distancing rules also apply
  • Patrons must be seated with table service to be made available.  Designated staff to be assigned to each “defined area”
  • Complete and display COVID Safe Checklist – QLD Covid Safe Checklist
  • Mandatory online training for all staff that must be completed within two weeks of a business opening/reopening – Tafe QLD Covid Course this is free, Clubs Training Australia is also offering one free of charge
  • Record Keeping: Keep name and mobile number for all staff, dine-in customers and contractors for a period of at least 28 days – This can be in digital form such as using Infosign or similar sign in systems, there are also several providers offering QR Code Scanning options, you can also use simple paper and pen…. Shop around for the best deal!

More info: QLD Covid Safe Business

Fact Sheet Dining In

SA Key Points

  • Any separate room or area may have a maximum of 20 patrons, to a total venue maximum of 80 patrons
  • 1 patron per 4 sqm and 1.5m social distancing rules also apply
  • Businesses must complete a COVID-Safe Plan before they can reopen – SA Covid-Safe Plan
  • Record Keeping: Keep name and mobile number for all staff, dine-in customers and contractors – This can be in digital form such as using Infosign or similar sign in systems, there are also several providers offering QR Code Scanning options, you can also use simple paper and pen…. Shop around for the best deal!

More info: SA Restrictions and Closures

WA Key Points

  • For now there is a 20 Patron limit per venue, excluding staff
  • From June 6, 100 Patrons per single undivided space, up to a maximum of 300 patrons per premises (excluding staff)
  • Alcohol may only be served with food consumed at a table
  • 1.5m social distancing rules apply but patrons are limited to 1 person per 2 sqm
  • Ensure all staff have completed mandatory government training, before returning to work – AHA Covid-19 Course
  • Complete a COVID Safety Plan – WA Covid Safety Plan
  • Record Keeping: Keep name and mobile number or email address for all staff, dine-in customers and contractors for a period of at least 28 days – This can be in digital form such as using Infosign or similar sign in systems, there are also several providers offering QR Code Scanning options, you can also use simple paper and pen…. Shop around for the best deal!

More Info: WA Covid Business and Industry Recovery

ACT Key Points

  • 20 Patrons per enclosed space
  • 1 patron per 4 sqm and 1.5m social distancing rules also apply
  • Record Keeping: Keep first name and contact number for all staff, dine-in customers and contractors – ACT Info Collection Fact Sheet - This can be in digital form such as using Infosign or similar sign in systems, there are also several providers offering QR Code Scanning options, you can also use simple paper and pen…. Shop around for the best deal!
  • Complete a COVID Safety Plan & Checklist – ACT COvid-19 Dine-in Checklist

More Info: ACT Covid Restrictions

TAS Key Points

  • 10 Patrons per defined space (maximum of 2 per venue)
  • Each dining area must be separated by permanent structures, temporary structures are not allowable
  • Each dining area must have separate wait staff
  • Alcohol must be served with food – bars are not to be opened
  • Record Keeping: Keep first name and contact number for all staff, dine-in customer who made the booking and or 1 person from a table of walk-ins and contractors - This can be in digital form such as using Infosign or similar sign in systems, there are also several providers offering QR Code Scanning options, you can also use simple paper and pen…. Shop around for the best deal!
  • Complete a COVID Safety Plan to be in place by 15th June 2020 - TAS Covid Safety Plan Medium Business Template

More Info: TAS Business Restrictions

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