New requirements for take away liquor sales and deliveries
Online and takeaway liquor sales
Who can sell liquor
- Liquor licence holders who are currently authorised to sell liquor for consumption off the premises can continue to operate that part of their premises that:
- on 1 March 2020 was wholly or predominantly for this purpose; or
- provides alcohol with food, both for consumption off the premises.
Provided that the wholly or predominantly requirement is met, general licence holders (like hotels and taverns, including those with an attached bottle shop) and club licence holders can continue to sell takeaway liquor on their premises with or without takeaway food.
- Off-licence holders, including stand-alone bottle shops, can continue to sell takeaway liquor on their premises (this being their usual business practice).
- Special licence holders (like restaurants and cafes) can continue to sell takeaway liquor with takeaway food on their premises (where this is their usual business practice).
Who can apply to sell takeaway liquor
If you are an existing on-licence holder or a special licence holder, and are authorised to sell liquor with a meal (eg a restaurant, bar/restaurant or café) you can apply for a temporary special permit to sell takeaway liquor.
These temporary special permits will have a number of conditions that apply (eg the sale of liquor must accompany a meal, no sales past midnight, limits on the quantity of liquor sold and social distancing requirements) and will be issued for six months.
Where a condition on the temporary permit is different to a condition on a liquor licence, the permit condition overrides the licence condition (while the permit is in place).
How to apply for a temporary special permit
If you are an existing on-licence holder or a special licence holder, please put your request in writing by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- your name;
- liquor licence number;
- name of premises;
- current licence type; and
- proposed new activity - ie to sell takeaway liquor with a takeaway meal.
This email request will be taken to be your application. There is no fee for these temporary permits.
Delivery of liquor
Liquor licence holders who are authorised to sell liquor for consumption off the premises can arrange for liquor to be delivered to an address provided by the customer. It may be delivered by a staff member or a delivery service, such as a courier or taxi.
Licensees and delivery drivers have legal responsibilities to make sure that liquor is delivered to an adult and not to a minor and that social distancing measures must apply during deliveries.
If the sale of liquor occurs through the internet, by telephone or other communication media, check the fact sheet Sale of liquor through the internet or other media for more information.
Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
All licensees need to ensure that the sale of liquor is undertaken safely. Applying RSA will make a difference in reducing harm from liquor and reducing pressure on our health system. The Alcohol Tobacco and other Drugs Council Tasmania has produced this useful advisory document for selling and delivering alcohol responsibly during COVID-19.
Social distancing measures apply to liquor sales and deliveries
A distance of 1.5 metres between people must be maintained when:
- takeaway liquor is purchased by a customer in person;
- customers line up to buy and/or collect takeaway liquor;
- liquor is delivered - the delivery should be placed on the ground near the doorway and the delivery person should then step back; and
- a customer's ID is checked - the customer can show their ID to prove that are an adult, rather than handing the ID to the staff member or delivery person.
The number of people in a premises must not exceed one person per four square metres.
These requirements are further clarified in the Liquor sales and deliveries during COVID-19 fact sheet which includes additional guidance