NSW Families Could Get Free Restaurant Vouchers
As we continue to claw our way back from the knock-on effects of the first COVID-led lockdown and try to prop up some of the worst-affected industries, BOOM - we're hit with a second lockdown over Christmas 2020. As Sydney and, in particular, the Northern Beaches continue to weather the COVID lockdown storm, news that the NSW Government is considering offering free meal vouchers for families is music to everyone's ears.
A $500-Million-Dollar Proposal
The restaurant voucher program, that'll see every NSW adult receive four $25 vouchers to spend on dining and entertainment in NSW cafes, restaurants and pubs, would give the state’s hospitality sector a much-needed boost while giving families a lift with the opportunity to dine out for nix. A win-win!
The ambitious proposal would set the government back around $500 million in a bid to offset the impact of the pandemic-induced economic recession on a hospitality sector that faced a devastating demise early on in the saga, and now again just several months later.
“We get how tough it is for families at the moment, what a stressful year everyone’s had, how tough it is for small businesses,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in November 2020 when news of the $500-million restaurant voucher first spread. “If we did go down that path... it would be a positive thing.”
Save The Northern Beaches
While the whole of Sydney is certainly suffering from the latest lockdown, the Northern Beaches region is doing it tougher than most with most businesses in the Northern 'Red Zone' closed and suffering a lot of financial loss. This boost will be just what the beaches community needs to come out of the red, so to speak!
According to NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, “The sooner we can get on top of this outbreak and ease restrictions the better it will be for the local economy."
Dine & Discover
The 500-million restaurant voucher program will have its pilot program fast-tracked to February 2021 for venues in Sydney's CBD, The Rocks, Broken Hill, and Sydney's Northern Beaches - hoorah!
Treasurer Perrottet has confirmed an extension of the pilot, describing it as an "important boost for the region after a tough Christmas."
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