Following the easing of restrictions from midnight on Friday 15 May, restaurants and cafes have been allowed to reopen, seating a maximum of 10 patrons.
The ACT Chief Minister announced today that a decision on the further easing of restrictions, in line with Stage 2 of the Federal Government’s Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia, would be made on Friday 29 May. This would allow up to 20 patrons at time. While many have welcomed the opportunity to reopen, the clear message from the hospitality industry is that even under Stage 2 and Stage 3 restrictions, for many businesses it will still not be viable to operate. The Chamber, industry groups and individual businesses have been in discussion with the ACT Government to explore options that provide more flexibility for businesses and deliver safe customer environments and workplaces.