In response to the State Government’s announcement that hospitality businesses can open with COVID-19 restrictions easing in regional Victoria, Council has made a commitment to waive outdoor dining permit fees for the hospitality industry.
The State Government announced an Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package of $87.5 million this week, under which businesses can apply for funds to purchase outdoor dining equipment to serve patrons outside, with customer limits and social distancing requirements.
Council has made a commitment to waive outdoor dining permit fees for the hospitality industry until 30 June 2021. This announcement will further support businesses, where appropriate, to offer immediate outdoor dining options to increase their serving capacity.
“It’s very exciting to have hospitality venues opening up in our region again and a huge relief to many business owners and workers in this industry,” Mayor Cr David Edwards said.
“Council’s support to help these businesses operate under COVID-19 safe requirements will hopefully help all our hospitality businesses, and importantly, it will help generate local spending again to keep our economy rolling.”
Hospitality businesses are encouraged to apply for available State Government funding and consider outdoor dining where possible.