It’s no secret whatsoever that 2020 has been - to put it lightly - an absolute dumpster-fire the likes of which we’ve never seen. As we draw ever closer to 2021, we can look back on this year as perhaps the toughest one in memory for businesses operating in the hospitality, recreation and entertainment industries.
To help these businesses that are hurting so much from all the lockdowns and other Coronavirus-related issues they’ve faced for so long, the New South Wales Government has created what it is calling ‘Dine and Discover NSW’. This involves the issuing of four $25 vouchers that can be used in hospitality/recreation/entertainment businesses that are registered as COVID safe.
Here’s all the other information you might be looking for, too.
Am I eligible?
If you’re a NSW resident and you’re 18 and over, you’re most certainly eligible for the vouchers. You’ll just need to register at MyServiceNSW (you can do this now so you’re all good to go when it rolls out).
How many will there be made available?
If you’re eligible, there will be four vouchers valued at $25 each issued to you through the ServiceNSW app or website. Two can be used for eating at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs while the other two are for entertainment or recreation activities (live music, arts venues, cinema, etc.).
When is it happening?
It will be rolled out State-wide in late January 2021, so keep an eye out on the government page.
Are there any caveats/conditions I need to be aware of?
The eating vouchers may only be used Monday-Thursday while the entertainment/recreation vouchers can be used 7 days a week, however all vouchers exclude usage on public holidays. Vouchers are unable to be used for retail sales, tobacco, alcohol, ghambling or accommodation.
If you are a business and would like to be involved in the scheme, you can register your interest now.
Participating industries include1:
- Cafes and restaurants
- Pubs, taverns, bars and clubs
- Scenic and sightseeing transport
- Museums, galleries and historic sites
- Zoos, botanic gardens, wildlife parks and nature reserves
- Performing arts operations, theatres and entertainment centres
- Amusement, theme and water parks
- Recreational activities such as go-karting, indoor climbing, mini-golf, billiards, bowling or ice-rinks
- Outdoor adventures
- Travel agencies and tours.
Need some destination inspiration?
New South Wales is a vast and beautiful place, and there are some incredible places just waiting for you to check out. COVID-19 has especially affected regional areas that rely heavily on tourism for their economies, so why not take a drive out of the hustle and bustle and visit some of the hidden gems we’ve spoken about in recent articles?
For example, our Go exploring: Best NSW holiday destinations article has plenty of places you’re sure to love - and the driving routes to some of them are pretty amazing, too.
For those who would rather get out on the water in your boat, you might find your ideal spot in this Go exploring: NSW via boat article.
Keen to hitch up your camper trailer or caravan and make your way somewhere in NSW you’ve never been before? You’re bound to enjoy yourself at any one of the locations we’ve listed in our Go exploring: NSW via caravan article.
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Disclaimer: Nothing in this article should be assumed as personal advice. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek advice from a professional financial adviser.