In a bid to resuscitate some of the sectors hit hardest by COVID-19, the NSW government is giving every adult $100 to spend on dining and entertainment.
In a historic NSW Budget that showed the state was $16 billion in the red, the stimulus measure was announced today.
The Out and About voucher system would cost $500 million for the government and aims to keep the economy flowing after Christmas.
Via the Service NSW mobile app, anyone over the age of 18 can receive four $25 vouchers.
In restaurants, cafés and bars, two can be used for food and the other two can be used for leisure events, such as educational centres, performing arts, cinemas and amusement parks.
The vouchers may not be used for shopping, alcohol, gambling or cigarettes and may only be used by COVID-safe companies that have signed up to the scheme.
“We want to encourage people to open up their wallets and contribute to the stimulus effect,” Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said.
“The dining and entertainment industries were among the hardest hit by the pandemic and I would encourage people to utilise this scheme once it is up and running and to make sure they spend a bit extra on the way through, too.”