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END of year functions are back on the menu with restrictions relaxing on group bookings at restaurants and in outdoor public spaces from Friday.

Ease gathering rules but not out of woods

The rule changes means restaurants will be able to take bookings for 30 people, up from the existing maximum of 10, while up to 30 people will also be able to get together in outside public spaces, up from 20.
It comes after changes a week earlier to allow corporate functions of up to 300 people to be held at any appropriate premises, including at restaurants, subject to a Covid-safe plan.
From December 1, there is also good news for couples, with the number of people able to attend weddings set to lift to 300 people, subject to the four square metre rule indoors and two square metre rule outdoors.
Businesses must also use electronic methods, like QR codes, to record and keep contact details to take advantage of the new rules.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the changes would provide a big boost to hospitality venues, however she added that it was “vital” that customers and venues continue to be Covid-safe.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard also warns that while lower case numbers are a good sign, the community is by no means out of the woods.
Also urging caution, NSW Health chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant says people still need to continue to follow the personal hygiene recommendations, maintain physical distancing and wear masks in indoor settings where you cannot physically distance.
Groups of up to 100 people will also be able to gather for November 11 Remembrance Day services across NSW after approval of a one-off exemption from Covid-19 restrictions.