Millions of Australians who were stuck in lockdown for months will be able to access $50 worth of vouchers in time for summer.
The NSW government will offer two more Dine & Discover vouchers to all NSW residents to revive the hospitality industry crippled by the state’s latest Covid-19 outbreak.
It follows the program’s successful statewide rollout last year, designed to pump money into the hospitality industry after the pandemic left many out of pocket.
The two $25 vouchers will be added to the Service NSW app in time for summer as fully vaccinated Sydneysiders enjoy their first taste of freedom in four months.
NSW residents will get two more Dine and Discover vouchers to spend this summer (pictured diners at an Italian restaurant to celebrate Freedom Day on Monday)
Those who still have existing Dine and Discover vouchers have until June next year to use them.
Two $25 vouchers are available to spend at restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs seven days a week, excluding public holidays.
The other two $25 vouchers can be used for entertainment and recreation, including museums, live music and theatre.
NSW treasurer Matt Kean is expected to announce more details on Thursday as part of a government support package to help the hospitality and tourism industries bounce back.
Restaurants, bars and cafes will be offered $5000 in grants and to expand outdoor dining into their car parks and gardens this summer.
Sydneysiders are enjoying their first taste of freedom in four months after lockdowns were listed on Monday (pictured diners at Wooloomooloo Wharf)
Outdoor dining exemptions on footpaths for small bars and pubs will also become permanent under the government’s $66 million Alfresco Restart Initiative, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The 12 former local government areas of concern, as well as the City of Sydney will also be given a much need boost with funding to open up streets for community events
Almost 76 per cent of NSW residents aged over-16 are now fully vaccinated with the state expected to reach 80 per cent this weekend, a week earlier than estimated.
The state government is yet to make a final decision on whether travel to region NSW will remain off-limits to Sydneysiders due to concerns about vaccination rates in non-metropolitan regions.
‘There have been issues raised. We haven’t made any decisions yet,’ Premier Dominic Perrottet said.
Deputy Premier Paul Toole added: ‘We want to make sure that our regional communities are safe so that information is going to be important.’
The extra vouchers can also be spent on entertainment such as museums (pictured patrons returning to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia this week)
HOW DOES DINE & DISCOVER NSW WORK?
NSW residents aged 18 years and over can apply for $100 in vouchers. The vouchers can be used at participating NSW businesses registered as COVID safe.
2 x $25 Dine NSW Vouchers for dining in at restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs from Monday to Thursday
2 x $25 Discover NSW Vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues, to use 7 days a week.
The vouchers can’t be used on public holidays.
Dine & Discover NSW Vouchers are single use, and cannot be used for tobacco, alcohol or gambling. If you use less than the $25 value of the voucher, the remaining value is forfeited and may not be used later nor reimbursed by the business.
Vouchers must be redeemed in person at participating businesses.