Thousands of $200 vacation vouchers offered FREE in an effort to boost tourism during the Covid-19 pandemic
Tens of thousands of $200 vacation vouchers on offer in Victoria for FREE – but when can residents incarcerated use them?
- Victorian Acting Prime Minister James Merlino made the announcement on Sunday
- There will be a total of 80,000 vouchers that residents in regional areas can use regional
- Tourism companies will also receive financial support to help them get on their feet
- Despite low numbers of cases, officials say lockdown will continue as planned
Thousands of Victorians are getting free $200 vacation vouchers to help regional hospitality and tourism businesses hit hard by Covid-19 lockdowns.
Acting Prime Minister James Merlino made the announcement on Sunday to revive the state’s controversial sector.
“Today we are announcing a $32.2 million package to provide another round of the very popular regional tourism vouchers,” said Mr Merlino.
There will be a total of 80,000 vouchers, including 10,000 new vouchers and a further 70,000 unclaimed in a previous scheme.
The Victorian government has announced that 80,000 tourism vouchers will be released to boost the troubled sector. Pictured: woman
Information on how to claim the freebies will be available at a later date.
The multi-million dollar increase includes $16 million for 80,000 regional tourism vouchers, $11.8 million tourist allowance for operators and $4.4 million for the alpine support package for ski and mountain operators.
Snow sports companies will receive grants of up to $15,000 to help them comply with Covid-19 safety restrictions.
“This is particularly important as we will have a different setting to metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria for a period of time and that includes the long weekend,” said Mr Merlino.
‘We knew that this is a difficult period for everyone, for all companies and especially for tourism and accommodation.’
Victoria registered four new local Covid-19 cases on Sunday.
Mr Merlino said the cases were primarily close contacts with existing cases and involved a person in his 50s linked to the Port Melbourne financial exposure site and a primary school teacher linked to the West Melbourne cluster. .
With the $32.2 million package, thousands of Victorians will donate $200 vouchers to spend on vacations in regional areas
At the aged care facility, one case is a 79-year-old resident who stayed in a room near two other residents who previously tested positive for the virus.
“The resident, who has had both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, is asymptomatic but will be transferred to the hospital for public health reasons,” he said.
The second is an agency nurse who had been working at the facility on Saturday. They had already received their first dose of the vaccine.
The new cases bring the total number of active cases in the state to 85, with 72 in the Melbourne cluster that has locked the city for the fourth time.
Allen Cheng, Victoria’s deputy health official, said he does not expect the lockdown in Melbourne – which was extended until Thursday – to be lifted sooner, despite the relatively low number of cases and high vaccination rates.
Mr Merlino added that he would wait for the advice of health authorities before even considering easing restrictions.