It looks as if South Australians will be allowed back to the pub, next month.
The plan, being considered by Premier Steven Marshall, could see 50 customers a time allowed in the venue.
In the roadmap released by the government on Friday, the re-opening of licensed pubs and bars that don’t serve food was a ‘future step’ with no clear timeline, however, it’s now in the mix, for early June.
From today, outdoor dining for restaurants and cafes is permitted but is limited to 10 people.
Mr Marshall on Monday said: “We are now working with the industry to make sure that we can return to table service at pubs, cafes and restaurants in early June.’’
“I think there will be a slow start because, essentially, lifting the restrictions to 10 diners outdoors only will give some relief to very small businesses.
“But we are now working with the industry to make sure that we can return to table service at pubs, cafes and restaurants in early June.
“We are sitting down with industry at the moment working out what that viability model looks like for pubs, cafes and restaurants so that we can return them to a viable situation as quickly as we can.
“We won’t compromise health and safety, but we think that the industry are putting forward very well-considered plans that we will look at in the coming week.”
The Northern Territory will be the first state to be able to visit pubs, from this Friday.