It’s fair to say pretty much everything about 2020 so far has been unprecedented and that is continuing with the news that clubs, pubs, small bars, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to serve takeaway food and alcohol this ANZAC Day.

Liquor & Gaming NSW and NSW Fair Trading have issued a Statement of Regulatory of Intent to allow the changes.

Executive Director of Policy and Strategy, John Tansey, said while businesses can’t get back all their lost days, lifting the long weekend alcohol restrictions will create an opportunity for trade.

“This is for the businesses doing it tough and people at home doing the right thing to protect their communities,” Tansey said.

“ANZAC Day is normally a restricted day for trade, but given the circumstances it’s also a chance for some of our most impacted businesses to maintain operations and keep their staff employed.”

On ANZAC Day, pubs, clubs, small bars, restaurants and cafes with liquor licences can sell alcohol during their usual trading hours, and packaged liquor licensees can open as usual from 1pm until normal close of trade.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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