The hospitality industry just got a huge lifeline
Just this morning, the NSW government announced a major change to licensing laws with restrictions being lifted around the supply of alcohol, allowing small bars, pubs, licensed venues, cafes and restaurants now able to sell alcohol for both takeaway and delivery.
With the federal government ordering the closure of non-essential services to stop the spread of coronavirus, brought with it a halt to Newcastle's hospitality industry. This change in licensing restrictions provides a potential lifeline to not only small bars, but pubs, licensed venues, cafes and restaurants.
Hospitality venues are still required to abide by the responsible service of alcohol provisions and ensure they’re only supplying alcohol to people over 18 years of age.
In a statement from Liquor & Gaming NSW they stated,
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created an exceptional set of circumstances and will have significant impacts on the businesses we regulate. Liquor & Gaming NSW appreciates that exceptional circumstances require flexibility on the part of the regulator.
“Not all licensed premises are authorised to sell alcohol for consumption off the premise. In these circumstances, Liquor & Gaming NSW will take a common-sense and pragmatic approach to enforcing the liquor and gaming laws. In particular, it is recognised that the risk profile of certain venues has changed, and measures put in place to manage these risks are, in the current environment, largely redundant.”
With restaurants and cafes around Newcastle and the Hunter Valley making significant adjustments to their daily operations, it has demonstrated the tenacity of small business owners to keep their businesses alive.
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