When we were first subjected to the pandemic, there were measures taken by the state government to assist businesses. One of these measures was agreeing to lift licensing restrictions around the sale of alcohol.
This was only meant to be a temporary fix once bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs started to see restrictions ease. This short term liquor license allowed these businesses to sell limited amounts of alcohol for take away (with a takeaway meal), to provide additional income for businesses struck down by COVID-19 restrictions.
Once the emergency declaration was revoked on Tuesday, the state government simultaneously scrapped the short term liquor license measure.
The removal of the major emergency declaration means COVID-19 matters will now be enforced under the state’s Public Health Act, rather than by the police commissioner.
The below can be attributed to the Commissioner for Liquor and Gambling, Dini Soulio.
“In March 2020, the State Government permitted holders of certain liquor licence classes including restaurants to apply for a temporary authorisation to sell takeaway liquor with the purchase of a takeaway meal to support business through the pandemic. These short term licences expressly stated that the licence only applied until the expiry or revocation of the Emergency Management Direction.
“In recognition that a number of licensees who had the temporary authorisation in place will now need to change their business model, the Liquor & Gambling Commissioner will extend the temporary arrangements for those licensees who hold a short term licence for limited takeaway alcohol with a meal until 30 June 2022. Temporary arrangements for restaurants being able to provide takeaway alcohol with a meal will cease at 11.59pm on 30 June,” Soulio said.
The Government has made it clear that ending this direction was a priority. The Minister has also sought a review of the Liquor Licensing Act.