Queensland’s liquor licensees were given the green light to continue selling takeaway liquor until April 2021, on Wednesday.

The ruling was made in an attempt to support on-premise businesses during COVID-19.

Under the Government’s Emergency Response to COVID-19, the Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming can grant a takeaway liquor authority until 30 April 2021, subject to certain eligibility criteria.

Attorney General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman said over the past year – and again with Greater Brisbane’s recent lockdown – the Government has seen restaurants, cafes, clubs and bars close or operate under restrictions to keep fellow Queenslanders safe.

Fentiman added: “We all need to play our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and the hospitality industry’s commitment to our community has been tough on some businesses, so we must support them in return – providing avenues for small businesses to continue operating is crucial to their survival and recovery and crucial to supporting jobs.

“To support the ongoing viability of licensed premises disrupted by the COVID-19 emergency, some licensees have been able to offer takeaway liquor under a takeaway liquor authority, approved by the Commissioner.

“Allowing licensees to sell takeaway alcohol in a way they would not ordinarily be able to do, has given them an opportunity to adapt their business and operate during COVID-19 and continue to employ staff.”

For more information visit the Business Queensland website.

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