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Dine and Discover NSW

The NSW Government is launching Dine & Discover NSW to encourage the community to support dining, arts and tourism
businesses and stimulate spending in the economy.
• The program will be rolled out across the state in March. Every NSW resident aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25
Dine & Discover NSW vouchers worth $100 in total.
• Two Dine & Discover NSW vouchers can be used for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs,
and two vouchers can be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues.
• Residents can use their vouchers to dine at businesses from Monday to Thursday, and seven days a week at businesses
offering entertainment and recreation. Public holidays are excluded.
• Businesses can register online now to participate in the scheme.

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Dine and Discover NSW

The NSW Government is launching Dine & Discover NSW to encourage the community to get out and about, supporting dining, arts and tourism businesses, like yours, which have been impacted by COVID-19. You are now invited to register your business to participate in the scheme.

Vouchers can only be used within businesses that have implemented a COVID Safety Plan and are registered as COVID Safe. Safety practices remain the number one defence helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 in NSW.

Dine & Discover NSW vouchers will be divided into two categories:

  • two $25 vouchers to be used for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs from Monday to Thursday, excluding public holidays.
  • two $25 vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues, available 7 days a week, excluding public holidays.
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NSW Health – COVID-19 update – 3 January 2021

An update on COVID restrictions for Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong

Rules and restrictions that apply to the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains), the Central Coast and Wollongong to protect the community from COVID-19.

Restrictions are in place from 3 January 2021

Stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. Get tested even if you have the mildest of symptoms.

In Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong areas, it is mandatory to wear a face mask indoors.

Read our common questions about the rules.

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Relaxed restrictions for outdoor dining and music performances

The eased restrictions will start from Friday 16 October 2020. Under the new rules:

  • hospitality venues can allow one person for every two square metres for outdoor areas. This previously was one person per four square metres
  • up to 500 people can attend outdoor seated music performances and rehearsals for venues complying with the four square metre rule. This previously was a total of 20 people.

All businesses and venues must use electronic methods such as QR codes to record and keep contact details.

Restaurants, cafes and bars that have outdoor seating sections will be able to increase capacity in a COVID Safe way with the relaxed two square metre rule.

Venues and organisers of outdoor music performances and rehearsals must have a COVID Safety Plan in place.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state is focused on keeping COVID-19 under control and ensuring our economy keeps going.

“Our aim is to provide as many opportunities as we can for businesses and organisations to succeed. For that strategy to be successful, we need everyone to follow their COVID-19 Safety Plan,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Learn more and get ready for a COVID Safe summer.

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It’s free to become a COVID Safe business – translations included

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QR codes and contactless record keeping

Checking into venues

Some COVID-19 Safety Plans require businesses and organisations to collect customer and/or visitor details.

Collecting this information will make contact tracing more efficient, if it becomes necessary.

If required to collect details:

  • keep the name and mobile number or email address of the customer/visitor for at least 28 days
  • records must be stored confidentially and securely
  • cooperate with NSW Health if contacted in relation to a positive case of COVID-19, and notify SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50.

Using QR codes to collect customer details

Some businesses are using QR codes to collect customer details.

A QR code is just like a barcode, with information that can be read by a smart phone camera.

QR codes are convenient for businesses and customers. They provide a hygienic, contactless way of signing in to a venue.

For more information on using QR codes to collect customer details go to

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TAFE NSW- COVID-19 Support – Fee Free* Courses

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of fee-free* short courses that can be completed in just days or weeks, offering practical skills and experiences across a range of industries.

If you’re considering a new direction, why not explore some of the fee-free* short courses as well as learn more about our Mature Age Scholarships, Destination Australia Scholarships and Women in Business program, among many others.

Whether or not you’ve studied at TAFE NSW before, we encourage you to explore some of the courses available today. Our course list is updated often, so be sure to check back regularly to find a fee-free* short course that’s right for you.

*Eligibility criteria apply.

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Business NSW – Has your business been affected by COVID-19?

Have a look at the catalogue of free business guidance and skills training webinars, delivered by government experts and Business Connect advisors.

Discover how to maximise cashflow, diversify your creative income and reinvent in times of trouble. Find out more here.

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COVID-19 Assistance Finder – NSW Government

If you’re not sure whether you’ve accessed all available support for businesses impacted by COVID-19, take advantage of the NSW Government Disaster Assistance Finder. It takes about two minutes and will list benefits, rebates and concessions available for you.

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COVID-19 Safety Planning

For local businesses, the most significant change to the regulations related to COVID-19 is the need for certain businesses to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan. Businesses that need to have a plan include:

COVID-19 Safety Plans can be found here:

The NSW Government also has a useful page outlining the other changes, which can be found here:

Please remember, we will only be able to rebuild our local economy if we keep everybody safe and avoid the need for further restrictions.