When will Pubs Open in Australia? Government’s 3-Stage Strategy Explained

The countdown is officially on. Despite the fact that we have no firm date on exactly when pubs and clubs will legally be allowed to reopen for full trading, we’re still putting the imaginary dateline in our minds and working towards it with some vigour. The Australian National Cabinet recently announced a three-stage restructure process to ease lockdown restrictions and reopen some of the industries hit hardest by COVID-19.

So, what does the whole three-stage system look like?

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Stage One Restrictions

Stage One Restrictions

As of this morning, a number of retail stores have opened their doors for the first time in weeks and come this weekend, a lot of citizens will be doing the same. Stage One of the restrictions sees cafes and restaurants able to reopen, provided they abide by strict social distancing measures and a set number of guests. In public, groups of 10 people will be allowed, with the exception of weddings and funerals. Weddings will be allowed 13 participants — the couple, the celebrant and 10 guests, while funerals will be permitted to host 20 mourners to attend indoors or 30 mourners outdoors. But alas, no mention of the pub. Here is a list of things you can do under stage one restrictions;

  • Go to a restaurant or cafe
  • Go shopping
  • Work from home if it works for you and your employer
  • Have five visitors in your home
  • Have 10 visitors in your business and in public
  • Go to the library, community centre or playground
  • Go to a boot camp fitness class
  • Engage in local or regional travel

It bears reminding, however, that while stage one certainly sees some of our more common freedoms returned, it is the state’s decision on whether the reforms are implemented. Not every state is playing ball. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has already stated that he is not lifting lockdown restrictions just yet, a decision that caused protests and subsequent arrests over the weekend.

Stage Two Restrictions

Stage Two Restrictions

Once we have all satisfied our prospective states with regard to social distancing and new contraction numbers, we will move into stage two restrictions. In this circumstance, gyms, cinemas, galleries and beauty therapist will be allowed to reopen for trade. The numbers allowed to gather in public will increase, with the prospect of interstate travel up for discussion.

Here is a list of the things you can do under stage two restrictions;

  • Go to the gym
  • Go to the cinema or gallery
  • Visit a beauty therapist
  • Gather in groups of 20 in public spaces
  • Travel interstate (should borders be opened)
  • Visit a caravan park or camping ground
  • Attend a funeral with 50 people
  • Attend a wedding with 20 guests

Stage Three Restrictions

Stage Three Restrictions

The final step in the national Cabinet’s Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia is the most relaxed and optimistic. The closest thing to normality, stage three restrictions mark a return to trade for nightclubs, food courts and saunas, with gathering sizes significantly increased.

Here is a list of things you can do under stage three restrictions;

  • Gather in a group of 100 in public
  • Return to the workplace
  • Attend a nightclub
  • Visit a food court
  • Visit a sauna
  • Travel interstate
  • Travel to New Zealand (should borders be opened)

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When will Pubs Open in Australia?

Throughout the government’s address, one obvious absence remained. The question of when clubs and pubs would reopen is still a muddy one. Technically, under stage one, the bistro area of a pub should be open for trade, provided only 10 guests are inside. However, reports are indicating that pubs will reopen in July, under the proposed stage three restrictions. At the moment, when pubs will open is entirely dependent on how successful the public’s response to the initial stages is. Should everything go right in NSW, ACT, Victoria and Tasmania, we could be sipping on an ice-cold schooey in just over 6 weeks. However, only time and our state leaders will tell.

If you want to know more about the National Cabinet’s COVID-19 measures, you can view a detailed outline of the proposed measures via the Government’s official website.

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