RESTAURANTS and cafes will throw open their indoor dining spaces tomorrow in what has been described as major step in revitalising the crippled hospitality sector.
While patrons dining in at cafes from tomorrow will also be able to enjoy alcoholic drinks, operators will only be allowed to seat 20 people at a time.
There will be a maximum of 10 people outside and 10 patrons inside at any hospitality venue.
The new measures come as the state records only one new case in the past 28 days and government accelerates local jobs and business recovery.
Cafe manager Carly Sargeant – from Sorrentos Cafe – said she was thrilled the cafe’s mothballed dining area would be reopened to the public.
“This is great news, it means we can get back to operating half normally,” Ms Sargeant said.
“We are feeling a little bit more optimistic and hopefully it will not be too much longer and we can seat more people.”
Given the devastating restrictions, she said it was