COVID-19 Updates

Latest Update  – 2 April 2020

COVID-19 information is constantly changing and we will do our best to update this page.  We urge MRWA members to refer to the important links below for the latest information when making commercial decisions.

Updates from Australian Grape & Wine

31 March 2020 – COVID-19 Update 31 March 2020
30 March 2020 – COVID-19 Update 30 March 2020

For more information, see Australian Grape & Wine’s dedicated COVID-19 Webpage

Wine Producer WA Liquor Licensing Restrictions

On Friday 27 March, an amended section 31 notice was published in the Government Gazette which clarifies the restrictions relating to the sale of packaged liquor.

The Liquor Control (Section 31) Notice (No.2) 2020 specifies that a customer means a person other than a liquor merchant but does not include a person outside of Western Australia.  This allows licensees to continue to sell unrestricted quantities of liquor to liquor merchants in Western Australia and other people and liquor merchants outside of Western Australia.

The notice also specifies an increased quantity for wine producers, to allow one case to be sold per customer per week.  This applies to retail transactions to customers in Western Australia only.

Stage 1 Restrictions on Social Gatherings

Stage 1 restrictions on social gatherings were implemented in WA on 22 March. Western Australians should expect these measures to be in place for at least 6 months.

The following facilities will be restricted from opening from midday local time 23 March 2020:

  • Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery

Cellar Doors therefore can continue to operate at this stage, however tastings are not allowed, but takeaway sales of wine and other food/beverages can be sold for consumption off-premises.

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