SPECIAL EDITION | July 20 2020
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced the following further tightening of restrictions as of Friday 24 July (this week):

  • The restrictions on pubs that were announced last week will now extend to all indoor hospitality venues (including winery cellar doors, clubs, cafes, restaurants).
  • Most notably winery cellar doors will not be able to take bookings greater than 10 people. Patrons will need to be seated at all times. 
  • Businesses will also need to register a COVID Safety Plan with the NSW Government. Click here for a plan template and click here to register your plan.
  • Businesses will also be required to retain customer records in a digital format. NSWWIA’s recommended record keeping system is guestHQ - Register here.
  • Weddings and corporate events will have a maximum of 150 people and attendees must be seated with no mingling or dancing.
  • All of these maximum numbers must comply with the 4 square metre rule and 1.5m social distancing. It is unlikely that your maximum patronage will be affected.

The Premier urged people to reduce their activity and interactions with people and reinforced their ongoing concern regarding underlying community transmission.

All venues must complete and register their COVID Safety Plan before Friday 24 July or risk fines and possible closures.

The NSW Government has also indicated today they are drastically increasing compliance efforts to ensure businesses are following these new rules. More information will be made available when it comes to hand. We encourage you to adhere to these changes as soon as possible.

If you have a positive COVID test in your venue , please see the RCA’s  COVID-19 outbreak checklist  to assist you.

If you need training to ensure you're business is ready to trade, see the RCA’s training guides  click here.

IMPORTANTLY, we are informed that further changes may be made this week. We will inform you as it comes to hand, but please see the below links and also the NSW Services Hotline on 13 77 88.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Mark Bourne (President)
Angus Barnes (Executive Officer)