LOCALS will soon be allowed to have a drink in their favourite pubs and clubs as more venues reopen their doors, thanks to an easing of more restrictions by the state government.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced pubs, clubs and restaurants would be allowed to welcome up to 50 patrons, while adhering to strict guidelines, from June 1.
Under the new rules, customers must be seated, bookings are limited to 10 people in addition to other guidelines.
The move means one of Tamworth's drinking hotspots the Press 2340 will be able to open its doors for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown began.
Press 2340 director Luke Fielding said while he was excited to welcome locals back into the venue, his team would have to do some remodeling to fit into the guidelines.
"We have to remember that The Press is a bar," Mr Fielding told the Leader.
"Our business model is not restaurant-table service.
"So for The Press to re-open, and we will do everything we can to be open by June 1, the business has to go under a remodel to adhere to the current rules and restrictions."
The easing of restrictions will also allow for The Tudor to open for the first time since the lockdown.
A spokesperson said the lifting of the restrictions was "a huge boost" for the business.
"We will be open from June 1st and we are all so excited to get back to work, and see our wonderful customers again," the spokesperson said.
"There will obviously be a few changes and new rules to follow, but we can't wait to start pouring some cold ones and serving up some steaks, snittys [sic] and all the delicious food that we know everyone has missed so much."
The Pub Group's Craig Power said all four of his venues would be opening, including the Family Hotel which was closed in March due to the coronavirus crisis.
"I'm hoping this means all areas of our venues such as our gaming areas, bar areas and bistro areas will be allowed to open," Mr Power said.
"I think we will have a bit of clearer understanding of what we can do within the guidelines before June 1, but I'm confident people will be very eager to get in the doors."
Mr Fielding said while he was determined to re-open on June 1, a lot of work needed to be done before that could happen.
"It's going to take a fair bit of planning and work. It's not just as simple as opening the doors. " he said.
"Obviously the big thing is, customers have to be consuming food, so that means we have to consider putting on more staff, perhaps even a chef.
"[It's] a lot to weigh up, but it's definitely a positive step for the industry."