4:45pm, 22nd May, 2020
NSW Government To Ease Restrictions On Clubs
The NSW Government has announced that from Monday 1 June 2020, restaurants and cafes across NSW can permit 50 patrons at any one time.
Importantly, a club’s patron capacity may further increase beyond 50 patrons – in increments of 50, up to a maximum of 500 – in accordance with the number of restaurants and cafes inside the club. For example, a club with two restaurants and one café can admit up to 150 people at any one time, on the basis of 1 person per 4 square metres and on the condition that those eateries are open at all relevant times.
Under these arrangements, clubs can permit patrons in the bar and gaming rooms up to the venue capacity and with 1.5 metres physical distancing in all areas.
ClubsNSW has been advised by the NSW Government that bar and gaming facilities are permitted to reopen from 1 June 2020.
Staff and contractors are not included in the capacity limit.
The NSW Government’s media release accompanying today’s announcement recognises the tireless work of ClubsNSW in reaching this outcome:
“Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello, who is responsible for liquor and gaming regulation, said the NSW Government had liaised exhaustively with both AHA and ClubsNSW to deliver this plan.”
ClubsNSW has strongly advocated to reopen all clubs in a safe and commercially viable manner, as soon as it is safe to do so.
In this regard, it should be noted that the NSW Government’s announcement is a significant step towards normal trading conditions and is considerably more favourable to industry than is the case in other Australian jurisdictions to-date.
ClubsNSW thanks the NSW Government for their support and willingness to engage with industry to reach this outcome. ClubsNSW will continue to liaise with the NSW Government to further clarify details including:
- How restaurants and cafes are counted for the purposes of an additional 50 patron capacity
- The requirements for ‘sign in and sign out’ of patrons
- What hygiene/cleaning measures will be required
- Whether any other features will result in increases to a club’s patron capacity; and
- How the floorspace of individual eateries are calculated.
These and other matters will be confirmed in the coming days via ClubsNSW circular.
Under the new arrangements, a club must ensure that patrons remain seated and do not stand and mingle.
Clubs are advised to start taking preliminary steps to reopen their premises and consider how they will meet the strict CovidSAFE standards.
As noted in the aforementioned media release, ClubsNSW has given assurance to the Government that clubs are well-placed to adhere to comprehensive health and safety standards. It is important that clubs implement strict measures to demonstrate they are responsible venues that can safely operate as restrictions are relaxed.
The NSW Government has advised that any venue which breaches the reopening rules will be subject to a substantial financial penalty and may be shut down for a period. ClubsNSW will update you as soon as possible on how to comply, so a penalty can be avoided.
To help clubs make these preparations, ClubsNSW has developed a Club Industry Reopening Pack. The email which contains this circular also contains a circular with further details of the Pack.
For any queries, please contact ClubsNSW’s Members Enquires Centre by email at email@example.com or by phone on 1300 730 001.
Club Industry Reopening Pack
Following today’s announcement from the NSW Premier that clubs can reopen from Monday 1 June 2020 (see ClubsNSW’s circular on the announcement here), it is important for clubs to start taking steps to reopen their premises and consider how they will meet the strict CovidSAFE standards.
To help clubs make these preparations, ClubsNSW has developed a Club Industry Reopening Pack.
The Reopening Pack includes:
- steps for clubs to take before reopening
- a comprehensive set of CovidSAFE standards
- a one-page checklist on the CovidSAFE standards.
The Reopening Pack also contains other important information developed by ClubsNSW, including:
- a checklist for reopening the gaming floor
- two template stand-up letters for employees re-engaged on the same or reduced hours and days.
The Pack can be found on a new dedicated page of the ClubsNSW website. The page also includes information submitted by suppliers on how to restart their equipment and other facilities.
ClubsNSW has engaged extensively with suppliers of products which may assist CovidSAFE preparedness; such as sanitiser and cleaning products.
Clubs who experience difficulties in obtaining these products, or any other products or services to facilitate their reopening, are encouraged to contact ClubsNSW’s Members Enquires Centre by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 1300 730 001.
Member clubs are advised to undertake due diligence on all products and services which are purported to minimise COVID-19 risk or prepare clubs for compliance obligations, such as protective screens.
Given the short timeframe for reopening the hospitality industry, clubs are encouraged to speak to all of their suppliers – including liquor suppliers – as soon as possible.
For more information or any questions, please contact the ClubsNSW Members Enquiries Centre.