Coronavirus restrictions will be loosened in NSW to allow pubs and clubs to serve food but not all venues will be opening their doors at the end of this week.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet on Wednesday confirmed pubs and clubs will join cafes and restaurants in being able to open for dining from Friday as part of the state government's push to boost the economy.
The NSW announcement came after the national cabinet recommended excluding pubs and clubs.
Bars and gaming facilities will remain closed but table service for alcohol with a meal will be allowed so long as businesses adhere to social distancing requirements and stick to a limit of 10 patrons. Takeaway services will continue as before.
Australian Hotels Association NSW liquor and policing director John Green told AAP the peak body had been advocating for a "level playing field" for all venues since the national cabinet's decision.
"We see this as a positive step and a common-sense move as it provides a level playing field to all cafes and restaurants so they can open if they choose," he said on Thursday.
Mr Green argued it may not be financially viable for all businesses to open at this point but it gave them time to start ordering produce and beverages for the weeks ahead.
Regional venues have been more open to the opportunity, not for financial reasons but to support their communities, he added.
"We're confident we can operate our venues in a way that adheres to social distancing, minimises coronavirus transmission and satisfies the government so they can relax the restrictions."
ClubsNSW welcomed the state's decision on pubs and clubs but said the remaining restrictions would be "cost-prohibitive" for many venues.
"However, it's the first positive step towards an eventual return to normal trade," a spokesman said in a statement on Thursday.
Martin Short of W Short Hospitality Group told AAP he would not yet be reopening any of his nine venues in NSW due to concerns for his staff and the wider community.
"I'm not sure it's viable at this stage," he said.
"I wish we could be joining others this week but I need to make sure health and safety is covered so we're treading cautiously at this stage."
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Thursday she understood it would not be viable for many larger venues to open on Friday.
Only 10 people will be allowed per venue "even if there (are) multiple rooms or multiple facilities".
"We can't really go any further at this stage because there's a lot of activity already happening at the moment - we need to make sure we collect good data on what that extra level of activity means."
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Australian Associated Press