Pubs, Cafes And Restaurants Allowed To Open In Victoria From The Start Of June
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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced pubs, cafes and restaurants will be among some of the businesses allowed to reopen from June.
Establishments will be able to welcome up to 20 customers at a given time and will be required to ensure everyone sticks to social distancing.
Mr Andrews said police will be doing inspection checks to make sure everyone is doing the right thing.
"They know it's in their interest. They won't be open, they'll be closed, if they don't follow these rules," he said.
"This will only work if those who are going out to a cafe, or those who are going out for a meal at a restaurant, or going to the bistro in a pub, actually follow those rules."
"If we see spikes, if we see people not doing the right thing and therefore an increase in the number of cases ... then these settings could change," he said.
"That is not what we want to do."
Tables will have to be at least one and a half metres apart and customers will have to avoid getting too close to each other.
There will also be 'a long and extensive set of rules' for managers and owners to adhere to to ensure everything is clean and wiped down before customers use the facilities.
According to the ABC, venues will have to take details for everyone who walks in for contact tracing.
In a similar rule rolled out in other states and territories, while pubs will be allowed to reopen, the public bar will remain closed.
The rule simply permits the restaurant-section to restart and customers are welcome to have an alcoholic drink with their meal.
Last week Mr Andrews warned Victorians will have to wait a little longer before they start knocking back a bunch of frothies at their favourite bar or pub.
"We can't get back on the beers yet," he said. "There will be a time for that and no one will enjoy making that announcement more than me, let me assure you of that. There might even be props involved."
According to the Herald Sun, venues will be able to have up to 50 people by the middle of June and 100 people by July.