| 13.07,20. 09:02 PM |
NSW Government to slap pubs with harsher COVID-19 restrictions
The NSW Government is about to hit pubs with harsher COVID-19 restrictions, days after the first infections were identified from Sydney's Crossroads Hotel outbreak.
9News understands groups of patrons allowed in the state's pubs will be reduced from 20 to 10 per booking, while large venues will only be allowed to have 300 people inside.
The new measures are set to be handed down by the government tomorrow and will also introduce stricter requirements for venues collecting patrons' contact details and for cleaning standards.
NSW pubs were first allowed to reopen in mid-May with a limit of 10 people per group booking and with no more than 50 patrons at each venue.
More recently, group bookings were allowed to increase to up to 20 people, and restrictions lifted on the number of people allowed inside a pub provided venues upheld an indoor limit of one person per four square metres.
Pictured: A large crowd outside the Golden Sheaf in Sydney, which was charged for breaching COVID-19 orders when patrons failed to adhere to social distancing.