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25 May 2020
COVID-19 Information for the hospitality sector

Work is underway across all levels of Government is response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

To ensure the safety of the community, and our staff, face-to-face services at our Customer Service Centre will cease until further notice. You can still reach us by calling 131 882 between 9am and 4.30pm Monday-Friday.

Details of initiatives that may impact on liquor licence holders, as well as initiatives announced by the Government of South Australia to support the sector during this time can be found here. 

Liquor

After extensive consultation with the Chief Public Health Officer, the State Coordinator has reviewed earlier restrictions imposed on wineries, cellar doors, breweries and distilleries. A new direction issued on 15 April 2020 now aligns wineries, cellar doors, breweries and distilleries with restrictions that are currently in place for hotels, restaurants and similar businesses. This means wineries, cellar doors, breweries and distilleries are again able to provide alcohol, food or other products on a take away basis from the premises. 

Tastings of any kind are not permitted and consumption of any produce, alcohol or food is not permitted on site.  Social distancing restrictions for people attending wineries, cellar doors, breweries and distilleries remain unchanged and must be complied with.

  • Waiving fees - The government will waive annual liquor licensing fees for 2020-21 for a number of liquor licence categories.

  • Takeaway liquor - The government has agreed to provide free short-term licences to some licensees to allow for the sale of takeaway liquor. 

  • Updates to short-term liquor licences - The government has agreed to provide free short-term licences to licensees operating a small bar, cafe, restaurant or community club to allow for the sale of takeaway liquor. 

  • Restrictions on indoor gatherings - As of 22 May, some restrictions have been eased in relation to indoor gatherings at cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Information about applying for, updating or renewing your liquor licence or any other queries continues to be available at www.sa.gov.au/liquor and will be updated regularly.

Gambling

  • Lottery / Bingo providers have been granted a 6 month extension to provide relevant financial statements. 
  • Trading Round cancelled for 23 March - Details about the cancellation of the scheduled trading round.