Labor has drafted urgent legislation to allow restaurants to sell alcohol for takeaway and delivery orders, to help hundreds of small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
As of Monday, licensed venues, along with cafes and restaurants closed with the exception of takeaway food and beverages. Currently, customers can only consume alcohol on the premises at licensed venues.
This legislation will allow holders of a liquor licence to provide alcohol for delivery or takeaway.
This will be limited to 2 bottles of wine, 2 six-packs of beer or one of each. The Commissioner will be able to determine other amounts or conditions as they see fit.
This proposal minimises the need for non-essential travel and provides a lifeline to small businesses. This proposal does not affect other existing provisions and conditions for the sale and consumption of alcohol.
“We need to do everything possible to help businesses, workers and families in these unprecedented circumstances,” South Australia Labor Leader Peter Malinauskas says.
“Small business needs help now, and so we’re putting forward this constructive change which would deliver immediate benefit.”
Shadow Attorney-General Kyam Maher also says that “this move would hand a potential lifeline to many cafes, restaurants and pubs, which were required to close down on Monday to stop the spread of coronavirus.”
Other places around Australia and the world have already moved to allow this, including NSW, Queensland and Victoria, and it’s now time for South Australia to decide on this topic.
More to come.
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