South Australia has today become the latest state to allow venues in the state to temporarily sell takeaway alcohol, in a bid to support a hospitality sector that was closed down on Monday.
As Bars and Clubs reported yesterday, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria have all agreed similar measures, to try and stave off permanent closure for many venues.
South Australia’s Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman said the SA Government was keen to support those businesses who were experiencing, or will experience, a downturn during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Our hospitality sector is an important part of our economy, and we appreciate there are many in the sector who are struggling as a result of circumstances that are clearly beyond their control,” Attorney-General Chapman said.
“From [Thursday], liquor licence holders operating a small bar, café or restaurant will be able to apply for a free short-term and temporary licence enabling them to sell a small amount of liquor along with any takeaway meals ordered.
“Purchases will be limited to two bottles of wine or one bottle of wine and a six pack of beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits, and will require the same stringent responsible service requirements already imposed on takeaway liquor.
“In addition, community clubs will be able to sell any liquor for takeaway to club members and will also be able to sell alcohol to any member of the public purchasing a takeaway meal but this will be limited to two bottles of wine or one bottle of wine and a six pack of beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits.
“These extensions should help businesses to continue to operate during this challenging time.
“This measure is temporary and goes beyond the current allowances for takeaway liquor and meals to be provided by pubs and hotels.
“These temporary measures will be in place for the same period that the Emergency Management Act and Public Health Acts are being utilised in this unprecedented pandemic.”
Attorney-General Chapman said further measures would be considered as the situation continued to unfold.
“Things are changing rapidly at a state, national and international level – and we want to ensure any response we provide locally is sensible from both a public health and an economic perspective,” she said.
“Where possible, we want to help businesses survive in the face of continually changing economic conditions.
“We will continue to monitor the impact of these measures and work closely with key industry bodies to develop responses that both keep people safe and support our businesses in trying times.
“South Australian’s have utilised good common sense up until this point, and we hope this continues.”