We hate to break the news to you but, from 10am today, WA is set to restrict takeaway sales of alcohol as a result of the pandemic.

Each bottle shop customer will be limited to either…

  • One carton of beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits
  • Three bottles of wine
  • 1 litre of spirits
  • 1 litre of fortified wine

Orrrr they can purchase across two of those categories, but not the same product…. meaning you would still be able to buy a carton of beer and three bottles of wine per day, for example.

“Failure to comply with these conditions may result in penalties,” Liquor Stores Association of WA chief executive Peter Peck told members in an email.

Premier Mark McGowan said the restrictions were not intended to stop people from having a responsible drink.

“They are relatively minor, sensible measures,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

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“Alcohol-related issues take up an enormous amount of resources in our health system.

“These are resources we simply cannot afford to spare during the COVID-19 situation.”

The restrictions will be reviewed after two weeks.

WA police commissioner Chris Dawson previously warned restrictions would be imposed if there was panic-buying at bottle shops.

“We will consider all options depending on whether the community behave and do that in a civil way,” he said at the time.

“They haven’t done it with toilet paper.”

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