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Dine and Discover extended to August and expanded to include takeaway food

With NSW in the grip of tighter COVID restrictions until July 9, the State Government has announced an extension of its popular Dine and Discover program until 31 August.

The scheme which had already been extended until July 31, has also been expanded to allow people to redeem their vouchers for takeaway from eligible registered ‘Dine’ businesses

However, food purchased using the vouchers must be delivered direct to the home by the restaurant or cafe and not through a third party delivery platform.

The State Government also announced, on Tuesday, a wide-reaching grants package aimed at helping small businesses across the NSW impacted by the current COVID restrictions.

The grants will be delivered in two streams – a Small Business COVID-19 Support Grant and a Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 Support Grant

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the centrepiece of the package were small business support grants which aim to alleviate cashflow constraints during restricted trading.

“The current restrictions are in place to protect people and keep the community safe, unfortunately, businesses continue to incur costs such as rent, power and lost produce, and this will go some way to lessening that financial pain,” the Premier said.

Three different grant amounts will be available for small businesses depending on the decline in turnover experienced during the restrictions – $10,000 for a 70 per cent decline, $7,000 for a 50 per cent decline and $5,000 for a 30 per cent decline.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet added that the grants would be available for sole traders and not-for-profit organisations, with expanded criteria to assist hospitality and tourism operators hit hard by restrictions.

“The NSW economy rebounded strongly from the challenges of 2020 and we’re taking action to ensure we keep that going. We are deploying our fiscal firepower when it matters, by helping small businesses stay in business and keep people in jobs,” he said.

“Once again we are delivering timely and targeted support to keep businesses in business and people in jobs as we work together to overcome this latest challenge.”

Businesses will be able to apply for grants, through Service NSW later this month and will need to demonstrate a decline in turnover across a minimum two-week period after restrictions came into force on June 26.

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