Sydney and NSW restaurants and pubs will open for up to 50 people plus staff from June 1 as lockdown restrictions ease rapidly.

“We’ve opened up the regions and it’s happy hour,” Deputy Premier John Barilaro said on Friday. 

“NSW will be taking an important, critical and big step from June 1 – pubs, cafes, restaurants and the like will be able to have up to 50 patrons,” the Premier announced on Friday morning.

Venues will still need to follow a strict 4 m square rule for patrons, meaning that different venues will have different capacities. 

Patrons will also have to be seated with no standing options as yet, said the Premier.

“There is no mingling, no standing around. You have to be seated as a table, even if it’s at a pub.”

“We know this is a big step. But the rules and regulations will be very strict, to make sure safety is paramount.”

Hospitality venues will not be permitted to take group bookings above 10 people.

Ms Berejiklian announced the measure at the popular dining strip of Stanley Street in Darlinghurst on Friday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

June 1 will be a tumultuous day for New South Wales returning to a new normal, with regional travel also permitted.

Earlier: Travel within NSW back in June 1

Video: Premier announces major lifting of lockdown on June 1

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