ACT pubs, restaurants move to takeaway alcohol

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CANBERRA restaurants, pubs and licensed establishments will be allowed to sell takeaway alcohol under a new initiative announced by the ACT government. 

Under the initiative, restaurants, pubs and licensed establishments, can apply for a free three-month commercial liquor permit, says Business Minister Gordon Ramsay.

“This will allow businesses [with on liquor licences (restaurants and pubs) and general (clubs)] to sell liquor for consumption off premises,” Mr Ramsay says.

“Since we advised licensed business of this option 24 hours ago, 35 such permits have been issued through Access Canberra and the business liaison team are talking with at least 70 more businesses about it.”

“We are also looking at other levers we use across government to enable businesses to diversify their offerings and services.”

Mr Ramsay says Canberrans are asked to maintain safe physical distancing when purchasing takeaway food or alcohol and should not be congregating in public places or organising and attending social gatherings.

A number of resources are available in the ACT if you or someone you know is feeling anxious or concerned about COVID-19:

·         Headspace Canberra 5109 9700

·         Lifeline Canberra 13 11 14

·         Beyond Blue 1300 224636

·         Kids Helpline 1800 551800

·         COVID-19 National Hotline 1800 675398

·         Canberra Health Services Access Mental Health 1800 629 354 or 6205 1065

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