Local pubs are weighing up the decision on whether to reopen their restaurant facilities from Friday following the state government's announcement on Wednesday.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced on Wednesday night that pubs and clubs would be able to open their cafe and restaurant facilities for up to 10 dine-in patrons at a time.
The announcement has given local venues some much-needed food for thought regarding their business.
Bathurst hotelier Ash Lyons, who manages the Oxford Hotel and accompanying restaurant B Town BBQ, said plans are afoot to open the latter for dine-in customers.
"We're planning to open up hour-and-a-half booking windows at B Town from 11.30am to 10pm, allowing customers to enjoy a meal, a couple of drinks and a good chat," Mr Lyons said.
"B Town has been running takeaway and delivery services since day one of the restrictions, but we understand it's not quite the same as that proper dine-in experience."
Mr Lyons' Lion Majestic Hospitality Group also operates the Venue cafe sites in Bathurst and Orange, both of which are expected to reopen dine-in services this Friday.
In terms of other pubs and clubs, Mr Lyons said the reopening process will depend on whether they deem it's financially viable.
"I can't speak on behalf of other hoteliers, but I would say 99.9 per cent of venues who have stayed shut throughout the restrictions won't be opening for 10 people," he said.
"It's a matter of weighing up the pros and cons: the pros being that it's a step towards normalcy and is a chance for extra revenue, and the cons being that we risk a secondary shutdown if people aren't careful."
Mr Lyons said the business' takeaway services have fared well during the restrictions and has thanked staff and customers for their diligence and loyalty.
"We've managed to keep 33 members of staff employed and we've certainly faced a roller-coaster of emotions throughout this period," he said.
Across town, George Hotel owner and licensee Matt Harrowsmith said it's likely the venue will stay shut even with the ease in restrictions.
"We're going to chat further on Monday about it, but we're pretty content with riding it out until restrictions further ease," Mr Harrowsmith said.
"When the restrictions hit, we decided early on to 'mothball' the venue and as a result, it's not really worth opening until we can sustain a larger capacity."