Just weeks after leaving the lockdown, Victoria already has more relaxed disabilities than NSW. Now Gladys Berejikilian is being warned that she’s putting businesses – and a Merry Christmas – at risk
- Victoria has only one case of coronavirus, compared to 71 in New South Wales
- Victoria softened by more than planned on Sunday, leaving NSW asking, “Why?”
- NSW Hospitality wants a two square meter line, as Victoria has for small venues
- Business Notifies NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian: Convenience for Christmas
New South Wales now has tighter covid restrictions than Victoria and business groups have notified the NSW Premier that they now want more freedom.
Victoria is now open for business with a string of new eases that went beyond Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced in Sunday night’s grand easing.
NSW still has the four square foot rule for restaurants and pubs with no timeline when that will change.
However, for small locations in Victoria, the distance is within two square meters with a maximum of 50 people in total.
Celebrity chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan (pictured) wants NSW to open
Companies have told NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) they want more freedoms in the important trading period leading up to Christmas
The hospitality industry is now lobbying for New South Wales to ease the four-square-foot rule in time for the Christmas rush.
Chef Luke Mangan, owner of restaurants in Sydney and on P&O cruise ships, said doubling the capacity under the two-square-foot rule could mean smaller venues bring in an extra $ 10,000 a week.
‘It is time to give the heartbeat of our city a boost: the restaurants, cafes, wine bars and pubs’, he wrote in the Daily telegram newspaper on Monday.
“Prime Minister, let’s not ruin what you’ve done for this state so far by holding us back where other states are opening up,” he wrote.
Locations operating under the two-square-foot rule in Victoria must use a QR code login system – which will also be mandatory for NSW hangouts starting Monday.
Victoria’s major pubs and restaurants still have to enforce the four-square-foot rule when hosting up to 200 people outside and 100 people inside.
The Daily Telegraph reported that the NSW government is on the verge of relaxing the four-square-foot rule, with senior ministers pushing for it during this week’s coronavirus cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Relaxing the rule would make a huge difference to small Sydney bars and restaurants struggling, bar owners say.
Function center operators have drawn attention to an inconsistency in the rules that will apply to corporate events going into effect in NSW on Monday.
Pictured: Dinners on Melbourne’s Yarra River, Nov. 19. NSW Restaurants, pubs and clubs want a two-square-foot line like Victoria
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews relaxed restrictions more than expected on Sunday, giving small restaurants and bars the option of a two square meter line
Indoor corporate events are limited to 300 people, while ‘controlled outdoor events’ can accommodate up to 3000.
Function center The Venue Alexandria has a capacity of 800 people under the four square meter line, but cannot use it due to the limit of 300 people.
“The restrictions really just don’t allow us to open our doors,” said director Hilton Cohn.
As of Sunday evening, Victoria recorded the 23rd consecutive day of zero new coronavirus infections and registered only one active case.
New South Wales reported no new local cases in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. on Saturday, but 11 were found in quarantined travelers.
The state is now handling 71 active cases, NSW Health said Sunday.
The astonishing turnaround comes after Victorians underwent the toughest lockdown in Australia for more than 85 days in a row to destroy the out of control virus, with restrictions finally loosening at 11:59 pm on October 27.
Victoria’s surprising success comes after weeks of attacks from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Health Secretary Greg Hunt, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and former Victorian Prime Minister Jeff Kennett, who unfavorably compared Daniel Andrew’s elimination strategy to the containment strategy of NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian, saying it things paralyzed.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said states should not act as quickly to shut down their economies as they have few cases.
‘I want people to have confidence that NSW has (and) a strategy that we are moving forward. We have a COVID recovery plan, which is pretty self-explanatory, ”she said.
Changes are coming to Victoria
New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has promised that the state line with Victoria will reopen at 12:01 a.m. on November 23.
Victoria is expected to ease more restrictions starting November 22 at 11:59 PM.
Below is a list of some of the things Victorians can expect:
1) Restaurants, pubs and cafes will accommodate 100 people indoors, with one person per four square meters.
The outdoor dining limit will also be increased to 200 customers, with one person per two square feet.
2) Gyms and fitness facilities can accommodate 100 people indoors.
A maximum of 20 people are also allowed in a class.
3) Indoor skate parks and recreational play centers can accommodate up to 50 people.
4) Sports stadiums will be reopened and may accommodate 25 percent of the capacity.
5) Weddings are allowed for up to 100 guests.
6) Outside places of worship can accommodate 500 people, while inside places of worship can accommodate 100 people.
7) Cinemas, theaters and libraries can accommodate 100 people.
8) In nursing homes, up to five visitors from two households can visit a loved one.
There is no time limit and elderly care residents are also allowed to leave the homes for excursions.
9) Hair and beauty salons are allowed to remove face masks for clients who want a beard trim or piercing.
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