In light of rapidly changing circumstances around Australia, Governments at all levels are continuing to adopt measures to not only respond to the threat posed by coronavirus (COVID-19), but also support those businesses that may be experiencing difficulties as a result.
Given the challenges facing the hospitality sector, a number of measures are being considered that can help these businesses trade through what are clearly trying circumstances.
The Government has agreed to provide free short-term licences to those licensees operating a small bar, cafe, restaurant or community club to allow for the sale of takeaway liquor.
Existing licensees will be able to apply for these short-term licences from this Thursday 26 March.
Under the conditions of these temporary licences, restaurants, residential, small venues, local clubs and on-premises licence holders that operate like a restaurant or small bar can sell up to two bottles of wine or one bottle or wine and a six pack of beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits with any meal purchased for takeaway or delivery.
In addition, clubs will be able to sell any liquor for takeaway to club members.
Clubs will also be able to sell alcohol to any member of the public purchasing a takeaway meal. But this will be limited to two bottles of wine or one bottle of wine and a six pack of beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits.
These temporary measures will be in place for the same period that the Emergency Management Act and Public Health Acts are being utilised in this unprecedented pandemic.
If you would like to take advantage of these measures you can apply for a short-term licence from tomorrow by visiting SA.GOV.AU.
As the situation evolves, we will continue to monitor the progress of these measures to determine whether they are sufficient or whether further changes may be required.
We will continue to update you as the situation progresses and advise of any further changes as they happen.
Contact shortterms [at] sa.gov.au (subject: Short%20Term%20Liquor%20Licence%20-%20COVID-19) if you have additional queries.