Outdoor dining areas – COVID-19 temporary exemptions

From Thursday 17 September 2020, food businesses will be allowed to open their outdoor dining areas to customers.

To assist food businesses to either start or expand their outdoor dining area to maximise the number of customers that are able to dine-in, Council has developed this guide to explain the temporary exemptions and support available.

Traders may be able to extend their dining areas to the footpath in front of their business and/or or neighbouring businesses. Other scenarios including using your own car parking area within your property for outdoor dining may also be considered.

Every business’ needs will be different and some requirements will still need to be met to ensure the safety of all involved. A Local Law permit will be issued as quickly as possible, once all safety matters and other requirements have been assessed.

Council will temporarily waiver the costs to start or expand your outdoor dining options.

Patron limits

Up to 50 outdoor seated patrons per venue, while following the ‘two square metre’ density limit. Indoor venues can open with a cap of 10 seated customers per space – with up to two spaces per venue – and in line with the existing ‘four square metre’ density rule.

Tables must be spaced at least 1.5 metres apart, cleaned after every customer and the name and a contact number of all patrons must be documented.

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