COVID-19: Free short-term liquor licences

Small bars, cafes, restaurants and community clubs can now apply for a free short-term liquor licence to allow them to sell takeaway liquor amidst the COVID-19 closures.

Consumer & Business Services has just announced the following:

“The Government has agreed to provide free short-term licences to those licensees operating a small bar, café, restaurant or community club to allow for the sale of takeaway liquor.

Existing licensees will be able to apply for these short-term licences from this Thursday, 26 March.

Under the conditions of these temporary licences, restaurants, small venues, local clubs and on-premises licence holders that operate like a restaurant or small bar can sell up to two bottles of wine or one bottle of wine and a six pack of beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits with any meal purchased for takeaway or delivery

In addition, clubs will be able to sell any liquor for takeaway to club members. Furthermore clubs will also be able to sell alcohol to any member of the public purchasing a takeaway meal. But this will be limited to two bottles of wine or one bottle of wine and a six pack of beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits.

These temporary measures will be in place for the same period that the Emergency Management Act and Public Health Acts are being utilised in this unprecedented pandemic.”

If you would like further information as to how your business can apply for this short term licence, please Contact Us and Amanda Brady our Liquor Licensing Lawyer will get back to you.

This publication has been prepared for general guidance on matters of interest only and does not constitute professional legal advice. You should not act upon the information contained in this publication without obtaining specific professional legal advice. No representation or warranty (express or implied) is given as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this publication and to the extent permitted by law, Cowell Clarke does not accept or assume any liability, responsibility or duty of care for any consequences of you or anyone else acting or refraining to act in relation on the information contained in this publication or for any decision based on it.

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