NSW cafés and restaurants to reopen on Friday, Macleay Street Bistro booked out within an hour

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian defended her government’s decision to reopen cafés and restaurants from Friday saying it is “entirely appropriate” but that the state would continue to “keep our vigilance”. Only one new case of coronavirus was recorded in NSW today.

After the Premier’s announcement on Sunday, Macleay Street Bistro was booked out within an hour. “I guess people are just sick of being at home. My inbox has been flooded with customers requesting a table for our first service back on Friday night,” the owner Phillip Fikkers said.

“We have experienced an 80 per cent drop in business over the past two months. We will need to offer take-away to make up for the reduced dining capacity for some time.”

Students are also returning to schools in NSW which Ms Berejiklian said “signals certain things to this community about how we are feeling about addressing the pandemic at this stage, so we feel it’s entirely appropriate to move to this next level of raising restrictions,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I can assure you the government would not be moving forward at this stage unless it was absolutely safe to do so.”

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