Swan Hill Rural City Council has welcomed a return to dining under the third step of the state’s roadmap to recovery.
Under this step hospitality has returned to seated table service, with group and density limits, for both indoor and outdoor dining.
Council’s Director of Development and Planning Heather Green said the announcement was a boost for hospitality businesses throughout the municipality.
“Hospitality businesses have been severely impacted by these restrictions, so the return to seated dining is very welcome news for our traders, our community and local economy,” Ms Green said.
“Council has been assisting our hospitality industry in any way it can in the lead up to the return of outdoor and indoor dining. This includes continuing to waive outdoor dining fees.
“Council is also actively looking at options to expand footpath space for dining, so our traders are able to accommodate more diners outside, in accordance with group and density limits requirements.
“We will be welcoming ideas about how Council can best assist the hospitality industry in terms of the expansion of outdoor dining where possible,” Ms Green said.
Council officers will continue to work closely with our hospitality traders to help with the re-introduction of dining, including meeting COVID-19 requirements,” she said.
Swan Hill Incorporated Chair, Murray Ray and Robinvale Euston Business Association Chair Ben Rogers said their boards were delighted to hear yesterday’s announcement.
“Both organisations are excited to hear the fantastic news that our hospitality businesses can open with outdoor dining.
“They can also apply for funding from the Government to assist them to do so,” Mr Ray said.
Ms Green said that the Victorian Government’s Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package, announced by the Premier on Monday, will enable local hospitality traders to apply for grants for outdoor dining equipment, such as furniture, umbrellas and screens.
“Additionally, Swan Hill Rural City Council is eligible for funds to support expanded outdoor dining, and is exploring options with the industry about how to best achieve this,” Ms Green said.
Hospitality businesses who would like more information or assistance regarding the re-establishment or expansion of outdoor dining can click here to send an email
Information about state government grants are available at https://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/grants-and-assistance/business-resilience-package