Sydney extends support for night-time economy as businesses reopen after COVID-19 lockdown

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SYDNEY, July 17 (Xinhua) — The Australian city of Sydney provided further support for restaurants, bars and venues to get back on track, as businesses slowly reopen after the COVID-19 lockdown.

In its latest round of business support grants announced on Friday, the City of Sydney has awarded 222,334 Australian dollars (about 155,100 U.S. dollars) to night-time and live music businesses.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for Sydney’s night-time economy, which was only just beginning to breathe again after the lockout laws were lifted in January,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Sydney’s core night-time economy is not only critical to our city’s future — generating more than 4.2 billion Australian dollars (about 2.93 billion U.S. dollars) in revenue each year and employing more than 35,500 people across nearly 5,000 businesses — it is key to our vision for Sydney as a thriving global city,” she said.

Moore said businesses operating at night were hardest hit by the COVID-19 restriction measures, so it is critical to support these businesses to get back to normal as restrictions ease.

“We recently approved COVID-19 relief grants for 654 projects, worth a total of 8.85 million Australian dollars (about 6.17 million U.S. dollars), which included 144 businesses operating at night,” she said.

The latest round of grants will help to create a wide range of new events across the city, including literary dinners, live music, dance workshops and cooking classes.

A further 12 not-for-profit or members-based organizations have been awarded 350,000 Australian dollars (about 244,160 U.S. dollars) to promote local economies and improve access to industry information, upskilling and networking. Enditem

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