Alfresco in winter

Alfresco dining has been such a hit that the NSW Government is extending its temporary measures for another 18 months, to further support the hospitality industry.

Minister for Hospitality and Racing Kevin Anderson said the temporary alfresco measures enable hospitality businesses to use a range of spaces for outdoor dining, such as parks and car parks, without the need for a separate application.

“The temporary measures have been incredibly successful and a huge boost to the industry, so extending them will give hospitality businesses greater certainty for at least another 18 months,” Mr Anderson said.

“The uptake has largely been in the CBD, which has been great, but we would love to see more regional venues take up this opportunity and consider permanent options that reflect the community’s desire to dine outdoors year-round.”

Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts said the temporary alfresco measures are now available until 31 December 2023 and will continue to accommodate voluntary social distancing.

“We might be coming into a particularly cold winter, but I doubt that will stop many of us from enjoying ourselves. It’s been great to see so many businesses welcoming back patrons across the State and I’m thrilled that the NSW Government can extend this very successful program,” Mr Roberts said.

“The $5,000 Alfresco Restart Rebate remains available to eligible hospitality businesses and can be used to help offset the cost of outdoor heaters as well as seating and other items.”

Since the outdoor dining initiative started in 2020 a total of 582 licensed venues as well as countless restaurants, cafes and coffee shops have taken up either temporary or permanent alfresco options.

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