Hundreds of venues across the state celebrated 'freedom day' on Monday, but for Griffith's Exies Club, the day represented little more than a small step towards the long-awaited end of a frustrating period.
A significant relaxation of COVID-19 rules came into effect this week. All venues except nightclubs and gyms are now allowed one person every two square metres, standing in outdoor hospitality venues is now allowed, and up to 50 people are permitted on dance floors.
The changes, which are expected to inject millions into the economy, came into effect on Monday, which was dubbed 'freedom day' by the NSW government.
The day saw celebrations and dozens of re-openings across the state, as many businesses found themselves financially viable again.
But for the Exies Club, the restrictions which remain in place make the changes understandable, but frustrating.
General manager at the club, Garry Tucker, described the changes as "a good step", but admitted he thought more could be done, especially for businesses in regional areas.
"We've had no cases and [still having restrictions] sort of frustrates us, being so far away from where it's all happening. I totally understand why, but when you've had ten months of pretty much [no COVID-19 cases], it's frustrating."
"With no signs of it out here ... it's something that's sort of stuck in our minds."
Mr Tucker said so far this year, the restrictions have caused many frustrations for both patrons and the staff who have to police them, and that wouldn't change with these new rules.
He said in an ideal world, a zoning system would be created, with different rules for businesses in major cities and those out in the country.
This weeks eased restrictions means Exies can open up the balcony at it's sports club and look to return it to it's pre-covid state, but Mr Tucker said the day to day operations aren't likely to change much at all.