The NSW government has announced a further relaxation of COVID-19 social distancing rules in an effort to get more people back to work.

Effective Monday 01 June, the following is allowed in NSW:

  • travel to regional NSW for a holiday
  • visits to museums, galleries and libraries
  • dining in pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants (maximum of 50 customers)
  • beauty and nail salons can open (maximum of 10 customers)

This information is current as at 01 June 2020 and should be read in conjunction with our earlier blogs.


Are there any restrictions on dining at pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants?

Yes. You must be seated whilst in the venue, which means you cannot stand at a bar and drink.

Venues will be allowed a maximum of 50 customers and must follow the four-square metre rule. Some larger venues may be allowed more than 50 customers if there are multiple existing seated areas.

There will be a maximum of 10 people per booking, except for gatherings following a wedding or funeral.


Do I still need a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave home?

No. The previous Public Health Order that prohibited people leaving home without a ‘reasonable excuse’ has been revoked.

However, you must comply with the rules of the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 3) 2020 (NSW), which came into force on 01 June 2020.

For example, if you have more than 5 people visiting your house, you will be in breach of the Order and may be charged under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW).


Can my friends and family visit me from interstate?

Travellers from interstate will be able to visit NSW from 01 June 2020 but will need to comply with the rules of their home state and ensure there are no border closures and restrictions in place.


Do I still need to practise social distancing?

Yes. You must continue to maintain social distancing (1.5 metres between yourself and others) and practise good hygiene. The NSW government is also encouraging people to get tested, even if they only have mild symptoms.


We will continue to keep you updated with further developments.


If you are unsure about how the changes affect you and/or your business, or if you have been issued with a fine for breaching the Public Health Order and you would like to discuss your options, call us on (02) 9696 1361 to make an appointment to speak to one of our lawyers via phone, Zoom or FaceTime.