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QLD extends takeaway liquor exemptions to support SMB recovery until April 2021

Queensland’s liquor licensees will continue to benefit from takeaway liquor sales with the Palaszczuk Government extending its support for small businesses during COVID-19.

Attorney General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman said under the Queensland Government’s Emergency Response to COVID-19, the Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming had authorised an extension for certain licensees to sell takeaway alcohol until April 2021.

“Over the past year – and again with Greater Brisbane’s recent lockdown – we’ve seen restaurants, cafes, clubs and bars close or operate under restrictions to keep fellow Queenslanders safe,” Ms Fentiman said.

“We all need to play our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and the hospitality industry’s commitment to our community has been tough on some businesses, so we must support them in return – providing avenues for small businesses to continue operating is crucial to their survival and recovery and crucial to supporting jobs.

“To support the ongoing viability of licensed premises disrupted by the COVID-19 emergency, some licensees have been able to offer takeaway liquor under a takeaway liquor authority, approved by the Commissioner.

“Allowing licensees to sell takeaway alcohol in a way they would not ordinarily be able to do, has given them an opportunity to adapt their business and operate during COVID-19 and continue to employ staff.”

Under the Government’s Emergency Response to COVID-19, the Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming can grant a takeaway liquor authority until 30 April 2021, subject to certain eligibility criteria.

“Licensees are now well-versed in making quick changes to their business practices, and we appreciate how well they’ve been able to adapt during this time – moving to sell takeaway alcohol is just one example,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Where possible, I encourage Queenslanders to continue supporting their local restaurants, cafes, clubs and bars. Not only is this contributing to the economic recovery of Queensland, but it is supporting families who are working hard for their loved ones and our community.”

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