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Sydney CBD to be turned ‘inside out’ in response to the pandemic

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Sydney’s CBD laneways will transform this summer to help the city revitalise its struggling hospitality industry.

Sydney's CBD laneways will transform this summer to help the city revitalise its struggling hospitality industry.

The plan is to turn venues "inside out" by encouraging people to sit and dine outdoors.

Many venues have been struggling to maintain business with caps on the number of people allowed to sit inside a venue, prompting plans to open the city's pathways, laneways and possibly parking spaces to put tables and chairs outside.

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Generic. People enjoy the warmer than usual spring weather at the Opera House in Circular Quay in Sydney on September 12, 2020.

In the Rocks in Sydney's CBD, restaurants and bars have already had tables and chairs set up, however they haven't been able to serve alcohol.

Along with the alfresco dining, Sydneysiders could be incentivised with free public transport into the city and live music events and entertainment in areas such as Martin Place.

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A bottle of sanitiser is seen at The Opera Bar on September 10, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)Men are seen playing chess in Hyde Park in the CBD on September 10, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

Before the pandemic, restrictions around outdoor dining had been particularly stringent but if it means a solution to reopening the city and supporting businesses, the approval plan could be streamlined in as little as five days and implemented by as early as November this year.  

New South Wales is slowly beginning to ease other restrictions as a result of declining case numbers.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard yesterday announced the border region between NSW and Victoria would be expanded to include some areas around Pleasant Hills, Lockhart, Benalla, Bright and Mount Beauty.

"Any person with an existing border region permit will be able to take advantage of these changes, which we hope will make day to day life a lot easier for border communities," Mr Hazzard said.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-sydney-city-resturants-turned-inside-out-during-summer/684ee30f-f0ca-428f-b7fb-7a71cdeeed90

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