State makes snap decision to open pubs immediately

The South Australian Government has revealed pubs will open immediately.

The snap decision on Friday evening came after confusion over coronavirus restrictions in restaurants.

Earlier on Friday, the SA government allowed restaurants to reopen for dining, with venues able to seat 10 customers indoors for meals, as well as 10 outdoors.

However, by midday, dozens of restaurants were told to close because they were operating under a small venue liquor licenses, according to the ABC.

The South Australian Government has revealed pubs will open immediately. Source: Getty

They were told they needed restaurant licenses.

The government had initially said pubs would not be able to reopen until June 5.

SA Premier Steven Marshall addressed the confusion on Friday, confirming pubs that have indoor dining can immediately serve customers.

Up to 20 people, 10 inside and 10 outside, will be allowed to visit their local once again, but only customers eating a meal will be able to buy alcohol, according to the ABC.  

"We have created some confusion in South Australia around indoor dining," Mr Marshall said.

"Diners don't really know what licence an individual establishment has. The reality is, this is a confusing time."

Earlier today, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the state will allow 50 patrons inside pubs, cafes and restaurants from June 1 as she continues to roll back coronavirus restrictions.

Ms Berejiklian’s government has skipped the National Cabinet’s recommendation for step two which advises 20 patrons.

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