Get ready for a summer of partying: How Sydney plans to revive the city’s nightlife with CAR PARKS transformed for outdoor dining
- NSW Government has announced a $66million plan to revive Sydney’s nightlife
- The Alfresco Restart Initiative will allow businesses to set up tables on footpaths
- Premier Dominic Perrottet said goal is to ‘bring life into the city during summer’
- Two more $25 Dine and Discover vouchers will also be given to every adult
The NSW government has announced a $66million plan to revive Sydney’s night life as the state moves to encouraging people back 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 under 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, with two more $25 vouchers available in December – one for dining and one for entertainment.
Premier Dominic Perrottet on Thursday said this would give the sector a huge boost because people tend to spend more than $25.
The government will also provide $5000 grants to hospitality businesses on a first-in basis to ’embrace alfresco dining’ and ‘move the inside to the outside’.
This will allow restaurants, bars and cades to expand their dining settings into their carparks and gardens, allowing more customers to visit venues.
Sydney’s night life is set for a summer revival as the NSW government announces a $66million initiative to encourage people to visit reopened businesses. Pictured: People line up outside a Sydney venue on Monday as the city came out of lockdown
More outdoor dining options will be made available under the Alfresco Restart Initiative, as businesses are given permission to set up chairs and tables on footpaths
As well, up to $500,000 will be available in grants for councils to improve their high streets.
Small bars and pubs given exemptions to set up tables and chairs on footpaths last summer will be allowed to keep doing so indefinitely, under the government’s $66 million Alfresco Restart Initiative.
‘We want to bring life and laughter into the city during summer,’ Mr Perrottet said.
‘We think that these changes today will help our businesses to flourish over the summer months as we get through this pandemic,’ Mr Perrottet said.
‘I am incredibly confident we’re going to bounce back strongly here in NSW.’
Premier Dominic Perrottet (pictured) on Thursday said the release of more Dine and Discover vouchers would give the sector a huge boost
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and NSW Treasurer and Energy Minister Matt Kean have a coffee with owner Jean-Michel Raynaud during a visit to La Renaissance prior to announcing the new initiative
The announcement comes as NSW recorded 406 new locally acquired cases of Covid on Thursday- down from 444 the previous day.
There were also six more deaths reported and 711 people are now in hospital with COVID, with 143 people in ICU.
More than 91 per cent of the eligible population have had their first vaccination and 76.5 per cent are now fully vaccinated.
The state now looks set to reach its 80 per cent 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 could be granted from Monday.
The next stage wasn’t due to begin 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 crisis cabinet – is unlikely to give the green light to regional travel given lower vaccination rates in some rural communities.
In areas like Byron Bay on the north coast, 47 per cent of the eligible adult population is double vaccinated, leaving the community vulnerable to a possible outbreak.
‘There have been concerns raised about regional NSW when you look at those double dose vaccination rates,’ Mr Perrottet said on Wednesday.
Pubs, restaurants, gyms and shops have been open to people who are fully vaccinated since Monday, when the state came out of a near-four month lockdown.
The next stage could see outdoor gatherings of up to 50, 20 guests in a home, dancing at hospitality venues and drinking standing up at the pub.