By Lisa Visentin

Pubs, clubs and restaurants will be allowed to seat up to 50 patrons from June 1, as part of the next step in relaxing the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the move was an “important, critical, big step”, but it would only be done with strict social distancing measures in place.

“This decision has been made with expert health advice and both businesses and patrons will be subject to strict rules and guidelines,” Ms Berejiklian said.

She warned dining would look different compared to the pre-COVID-19 world, as she announced the new measures at the popular dining strip of Stanley Street in Darlinghurst on Friday.

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