State-by-state: The latest COVID-19 restaurant restrictions

A chef plates up at Tipo 00 in Melbourne, not reopened - yet.
A chef plates up at Tipo 00 in Melbourne, not reopened - yet.  Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen

While the federal government recently announced a three-step plan to reopen restaurants, as part of the 'Roadmap to Recovery' to ease COVID-19 restrictions, it is up to the individual states to decide if and when these changes will be implemented. 

Here is a summary of the latest updates around the easing of restrictions for restaurants, cafes and bars, correct as of midday AEST Monday May 11th, with information taken from each state's official government website. 

NSW:
From Friday 15 May:

  • Cafes and restaurants can seat 10 patrons at any one time

Victoria:
To be re-assessed at the end of May:

  • No dining in. Takeaway only. 

Queensland:
From Friday 15 May:

  • 10 people allowed at any one time to dine in restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs and hotels. No bars or gaming
  • Outback. 20 people allowed at any one time to dine in outback restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs and hotels for locals only (must show ID).  No bars or gaming.


South Australia:
From Monday 11 May, outdoor dining can be offered by restaurants and cafes, however they must:

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  •  Recommence seated dining in outdoor areas only - indoor service is still prohibited.
  •  Limit the number of people on site to 1 person per 4 square metres.
  •  Alcohol not to be consumed.
  •  Have a maximum of 10 patrons at any time and attendee records must be kept. 


Northern Territory
From Friday 15 May:
Activities must be undertaken in less than two hours and remain 1.5 metres away from the closest person.

  • Patrons are allowed to consume food or beverages in a shopping centre food court.
  • Patrons are allowed to attend restaurants and cafes.
  • Patrons are allowed to visit a bar, sports or RSL club and may drink alcohol only with the consumption of food, (excludes gaming activities).

Tasmania
From Monday May 18:

  • Restaurants and cafes in all settings (including restaurants in pubs, clubs, hotels and RSLs) to open and seat patrons of up to 10 people at a time.
  • Seated table service only with physical distancing measures observed.

Western Australia
From Monday May 18:
Social distancing, good hygiene and the 4 square metre rule apply to all activities.

  • Up to 20 patrons can frequent restaurants and cafes with meal service, including within pubs, bars, clubs, hotels and the casino.
     

ACT

  •  No easing on restrictions announced yet.