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City of Melbourne offer dining vouchers in CBD of up to $100 from Friday as lockdown ends

A new voucher scheme designed to get Melburnians back into city cafes and restaurants has launched.

On Friday, the City of Melbourne kicked off the ‘Melbourne Money’ scheme – which came as residents moved out of their fourth lockdown.

People visiting the CBD will be able to apply for rebates of 20 per cent from their dining if they spent more than $50.

They are able to claim up to $100, but would have to spend $500 to do so.

The scheme is available until all funds are exhausted and is part of the Victorian Government and City of Melbourne’s $8.4 million dining scheme.

A quiet Swanston Street is seen in Melbourne on Wednesday during lockdown. Credit: DANIEL POCKETT/AAPIMAGE

The vouchers can be applied for on the City of Melbourne website here.

Until Melbourne’s current restrictions, only residents who have the city within their 25 kilometres can dine there and apply for the voucher.

“Drawing people back into the city is critical to get our economy humming again, and this initiative is a great boost for hospitality businesses,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp said in a statement.

“We know that for every dollar spent on hospitality, there is a commensurate boost to retail and entertainment.

“The number of people in the CBD plummeted to 20 per cent of pre-COVID levels in this latest lockdown, and now that restrictions have started to ease, we want to help local businesses bounce back safely and quickly.”

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