Zero local cases of coronovirus in NSW, Government calls on businesses to register for Dine & Discover program

No new covid cases in NSW as government gears up for stimulus package

NSW has recorded no new local cases or coronavirus for the second day in a row as the government gears to roll out a key stimulus package.

Out of 10,621 tests on Monday there were zero local COVID-19 cases and two new cases in overseas travellers.

While the testing figures were marginally up on Sunday's figures, Deputy chief health officer Dr Jeremy McAnulty said the low testing numbers remained a concern and urged people with any symptoms to come forward for testing.

"The lower testing numbers are of concern and NSW Health continues to urge people to get tested if they are experiencing any cold or flu like symptoms," Dr McAnulty said.

"High testing rates are the key to our efforts to identify COVID-19 cases and to prevent the virus from spreading."

Dr McAnulty said testing was particularly important in western and south western Sydney but also in areas where cases been such as Auburn Berala and surrounding suburbs

Meanwhile Treasurer Dominic Perrottet encouraged businesses to register for the NSW Government's major economic stimulus program, Dine & Discover NSW

The Government is hoping to create an economic boost for dining, arts and tourism businesses, which have been impacted by COVID-19, and encourage customers to get out and about safely through the program.

The Treasurer urged people to get ready so they can hit the ground running when the program goes live.

We've heard loud and clear just how tough it has been for businesses across NSW. This program will reinvigorate local economies and provide customers with hip pocket relief," Mr Perrottet said.

"Encouraging people to support local businesses in a safe way through this program will provide an important boost for the state."

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said Service NSW is launching a specialised app for participating businesses, so they can scan and track voucher usage.

Every NSW resident aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total, to spend in participating businesses. The vouchers will be divided into two categories:

Two $25 vouchers to be used for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs from Monday to Thursday, excluding public holidays.

Two $25 vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues, available 7 days a week, excluding public holidays.

The vouchers can only be used within businesses that have implemented a COVID Safety Plan and are registered as COVID Safe.

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