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Sydney wedding venue claims it will reopen, defying coronavirus restrictions

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CEO of Navarra Venues, Sal Nevarra, says he will reopen venues including Curzon Hall and Le Montage from July.

The boss of a Sydney events company says he will reopen venues across the city "to any numbers" in defiance of coronavirus restrictions.

CEO of Navarra Venues, Sal Navarra, made the announcement on Instagram last night, saying he would reopen his venues on either the "1st, 7th or 15th of July".

These include Curzon Hall in Marsfield, Le Montage in Lilyfield and Oatlands House in the city's north-west.

"We cannot deal with – we do not want to deal with upset brides anymore, upset clients anymore, because it's not fair on them," Mr Navarra said.

His decision was sparked by Black Lives Matter protests across Australia at the weekend which saw thousands of people gathering in cities across the country, he explained.

Mr Navarra also claimed restaurants had more than 50 people in them at the weekend, "which I don't blame them because they've been closed for three-and-a-half months".

He also claimed the government had allowed other industries to reopen but was "leaving our industry closed" and promised to implement "social distancing ideas".

"Hopefully… in the next ten days we don't have a spike in the coronavirus and my prediction is correct… there's my message to you all."

Reaction to the plan has been split, with some wedding vendors praising the business for "taking a stand", and others saying the comparison between the Black Lives Matter protests and weddings was "tone deaf".

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said today health experts are currently gathering to decide whether larger venues could reopen.

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"I want to let every industry know is that our frame of mind is definitely one in which further restrictions will be announced," she said.

Ms Berejiklian added there would be punishments for businesses who did not comply with restrictions.

Source: 9News

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