Get ready for a summer of partying: how Sydney plans to revitalize the city’s nightlife with PARKING AREAS transformed for outdoor dining
- NSW government has announced a $66 million plan to revitalize Sydney’s nightlife
- The Alfresco Restart Initiative allows companies to place tables on sidewalks
- Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said the aim is to ‘bring life to the city in the summer’
- Two additional $25 Dine and Discover vouchers will also be given to each adult
The NSW government has announced a $66 million plan to revitalize Sydney’s nightlife while encouraging people to return to reopened businesses.
Two more $25 vouchers are on the way for every adult in NSW, and alfresco dining is on the menu this summer as part of a plan to boost the state’s hospitality industry after months of lockdown.
The popular Dine and Discover voucher program, which has been used by 4.8 million people, will be expanded in December with two more $25 vouchers, one for dining and one for entertainment.
Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said on Thursday that this would give the sector a huge boost as people tend to spend more than $25.
The government will also provide $5,000 grants to hospitality businesses on a first-in basis to “dine outside” and “move inside out.”
This will allow restaurants, bars and cafes to expand their dining options into their parking lots and gardens, allowing more customers to visit locations.
Sydney’s nightlife is poised for a summer revival as the NSW government announces a $66 million initiative to encourage people to visit reopened businesses. Pictured: People line up for a Sydney venue on Monday as the city came out of lockdown
Alfresco Restart Initiative will expand outdoor dining opportunities as businesses are allowed to place chairs and tables on sidewalks
Also, up to $500,000 will be available in grants to municipalities to improve their shopping streets.
Small bars and pubs that were exempted last summer from placing tables and chairs on sidewalks may continue to do so indefinitely, under the government’s $66 million Alfresco Restart Initiative.
“We want to bring life and laughter to the city in the summer,” Perrottet said.
“We think today’s changes will help our businesses thrive during the summer months as we weather this pandemic,” said Mr Perrottet.
“I am incredibly confident that we will bounce back strongly here in NSW.”
Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet (pictured) said on Thursday the release of more Dine and Discover vouchers would give the sector a huge boost
NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet and NSW Treasurer and Energy Secretary Matt Kean have coffee with owner Jean-Michel Raynaud during a visit to La Renaissance ahead of the announcement of the new initiative
The announcement comes as NSW registered 406 new locally acquired cases of Covid on Thursday, down from 444 the day before.
Six more deaths were also reported and 711 people are now hospitalized with COVID, with 143 people in ICU.
More than 91 percent of the eligible population has had their first vaccination and 76.5 percent are now fully vaccinated.
The state now looks set to hit the 80 percent double Covid-19 vaccination milestone by the weekend, which would be earlier than expected.
Mr Perrottet will meet with senior colleagues on Thursday to decide what new freedoms can be granted from Monday.
The next phase would not start until October 25.
Two more Dine and Discover vouchers will be given to every adult in NSW. Pictured: Visitors attend the reopening of the Sea Life Aquarium on Monday
But the government’s COVID-19 and Economic Recovery Committee – formerly known as the Crisis Cabinet – is unlikely to give the green light to regional travel, given lower vaccination rates in some rural communities.
In areas such as Byron Bay on the north coast, 47 percent of the eligible adult population is doubly vaccinated, leaving the community vulnerable to a potential outbreak.
“There have been concerns about regional NSW when you consider that double dose of vaccinations,” Perrottet said on Wednesday.
Pubs, restaurants, gyms and shops have been open to people who have been fully vaccinated since Monday, as the state emerged from a nearly four-month lockdown.
The next phase could include outdoor gatherings of up to 50, 20 guests in a house, dancing in hangouts and drinking standing in the pub.