AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods said these restrictions are very disappointing and will be difficult as they will create more foot traffic into venues, but we will be doing our best to ensure they are implemented in accordance with the law.
“So far the hospitality industry has been hit with a massive tourism industry shutdown, domestic shut-down of food and beverage services on-premise and now a restriction on sales, all of which are imposing devastating harm on our industry,” Mr Woods.
“It is critical that venues can maintain take-away trade and delivery services to minimise job losses and cater to genuine community needs.”
“There are over 1,000 licensed venues across the state that have the capacity and the legal right to offer take-away and delivery alcohol and we strongly encourage the Government to not damage these businesses anymore and resist calls for other businesses to also offer take-away alcohol.”
“Whilst these restrictions are regrettable, we have given our commitment to support Premier Mark McGowan in his efforts to maintain order and contain the spread of COVID-19, whilst still trying to protect the viability of our hospitality industry.”
“We are trying hard to keep venues open in some capacity so it is critical that no further restrictions are placed on WA businesses, particularly in cases where there are no such restrictions in other Australian jurisdictions.”
Details of the new restrictions can be in the Premier’s media statement here.