Almost 600,000 Victorians have submitted pandemic reimbursement claims for pottery lessons, museum exhibitions, winery lunches and other events in the month since they were offered.
More than a quarter of nominations were for theater and the performing arts, with Hamilton and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child being the most popular, said Tourism Minister Martin Pakula.
Cinema purchases follow closely behind, accounting for 26% of complaints, while live music also featured prominently with 13% of customers complaining about concerts.
The Victorian Government launched the catering and entertainment scheme on March 29.
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“We encourage Victorians to take this fantastic opportunity to go out, dine, see a show and support some of the local businesses hardest hit by the pandemic,” Mr Pakula said.
Meanwhile, the effect of COVID-19 on children’s education is not over, warns one of Australia’s leading charities.
A Smith family survey found that one in two parents and guardians believe the pandemic is still making learning difficult for their children.
About three-quarters of parents and guardians worry about their children’s future school work and have struggled to help them during the pandemic.
Two-thirds say the virus has made going back to school difficult this year.
The report comes as the charity launches its latest winter appeal, hoping to raise $5.4 million nationwide to support 12,000 students through mentoring and after-school programs.
COVID-19 has forced schools to close throughout the pandemic, with experts worrying about the long-term effects on students.
Teachers in the public and private sectors went on strike to demand more salaries and better conditions.
Australia reported nearly 34,000 new COVID-19 infections and 58 virus-related deaths on Saturday.
There are currently nearly 315,000 active cases across the country, with more than 2,700 patients recovering in hospitals.