Work is underway across all levels of Government is response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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.
The Government will provide a waiver of annual liquor licensing fees for 2020-21 for the following liquor licence categories:
- On premises
- Restaurant and Catering
- Liquor Production and Sales
- Small Venue
General and Hotel licence holders
Holders of a General and Hotel licence who have a bottleshop will receive reduced fees, or a full waiver if they do not have a bottleshop.
Consumer and Business Services will be in contact with all General and Hotel licence holders by 17 April 2020 to provide further advice and information about any further steps to take.
Packaged Liquor Sales licence holders
Packaged Liquor Sales licence fees will not be reduced or waived. Licensees who believe that they should receive a discount may still apply for a fee reduction through the CBS website from 1 June.
From Thursday 26 March 2020, licensees who hold a restaurant and catering, residential, small venue, club or on premises licence are able to apply for a short-term licence - at no fee - which will enable them to sell alcohol for takeaway or delivery with meals.
This will allow licensees to sell up to:
- two bottles of wine or
- one bottle of wine and a six pack of beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits,
per transaction - as long as the transaction also includes the sale of a meal.
Clubs can also apply to sell any liquor to their members for takeaway.
If granted, the licence will apply until the public health emergency relating to COVID-19 concludes, unless more restrictive measures are imposed. If that occurs, licensees will be notified.
Applications can be made using the online form. There is no fee to apply.
Restrictions on indoor gatherings
From midday on Monday 23 March 2020, the following measures took effect:
- Closure of all licensed casinos, hotels, bars and clubs (other than for the provision of takeaway food and beverages, including takeaway alcohol where currently permitted)
- Closure of all gyms and indoor sporting venues, cinemas and entertainment venues
- Closure of all restaurants and cafes (other than for the provision of takeaway food and beverages)
- Closure of all places of worship and venues hosting weddings and other functions
- Funerals must be reduced to only have 1 person per 4 square metres, limited to 10 people.