The State Government has decided to uphold the current state wide liquor restrictions it introduced on March 25, for at least another month.
The Liquor Stores Association submitted a strong case to ensure the restrictions were lifted or at least brought into line with the voluntary measures adopted on the east coast and joined forces with key industry bodies, including Retail Drinks Australia to bolster our cause. You can see the joint release with RDA HERE.
While the board and the executive of the Liquor Stores Association of WA is disappointed at the decision we look forward to hearing from the relevant authorities to demonstrate some greater insight behind their decision.
The notice from the Director of Liquor Licensing, Mr Duncan Ord is attached below:
While I appreciate the restrictions are presenting some challenges for small business operators in Western Australia, the original objective to ensure Western Australia is well prepared to respond to COVID-19 and minimise alcohol-related problems in the community remains a priority for the Government.
The quantity restrictions will therefore remain in force unchanged and will be reassessed in one month.
However, a number of concessions and alternate arrangements have been put in place to address some of the issues around bulk purchasing of liquor in certain circumstances. In this regard, wine producers are now able to sell a case of wine per customer per week and licensees in remote areas of the state can apply for an occasional licence to facilitate the sale of larger quantities of liquor to station owners etc.
Duncan Ord OAM
Director of Liquor Licensing
While this isn’t the news we were hoping for, we must appreciate that we are able to trade in an environment where many other small businesses have had to shut down and let their staff go in light of this pandemic.
LSAWA would like to wish all its members a safe and happy Easter and remember to #SeparateSanitizeStayHealthyWA