Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced small venues will be able to enforce a new 2sqm rule.

However, it will be up to the states and territories to determine when they will implement the new measure.

“Smaller premises will be determined by the jurisdiction but, as a rule of thumb, that’s around about 100 square metres,” said the Prime Minister during a press conference today.

“For much smaller premises that would have otherwise been trying to stick to a four-square metre rule arrangement, this just gives them a bit more room for them to be taking more patrons.”

States including Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia had already made the decision to drop to the 2sqm rule.

While Victoria has had a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Mr Morrison said the National Cabinet is committed to moving forward.

“Outbreaks will occur but at National Cabinet they remained firm on sticking with their three-step plan and continuing the easing of restrictions that will continue into next month,” he says.

“Premiers will be making announcements about those issues either today or the days that follow.”

More to come.

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