New limits alcohol purchase limits are introduced as retailers attempt to stop panic buying during the coronavirus pandemic
- Alcohol sales are being restricted in Western Australia to ease panic buyig
- Under the new restrictions, bottle shops will enforce a daily limit to shoppers
- These new government measures came into play at 10am on Wednesday
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Alcohol sales are being restricted in Western Australia to help prevent panic buying.
Under the new restrictions, bottle shops will enforce a daily limit of three bottles of wine and a single carton of beer, cider or premix spirits.
Shoppers are also only allowed one litre of spirits and a litre of fortified wine.
However you can only purchase across two of the categories.
These measures came into effect at 10am on Wednesday and will be implemented for a minimum of two weeks.
They can be altered at any time.
Bottle shops were contacted this morning by director of liquor licensing Duncan Ord about the changes.
‘These conditions will apply to hotel, hotel restricted, tavern, liquor store, producers, club, wholesalers and special facility licenses,’ the advice said, according to the ABC.
The changes will be introduced initially for a two-week period, but could be extended or changed.
State premier Mark McGowan said during a press conference on Wednesday these measures are not to stop people from enjoying a drink but to minimise excessive drinking.
He said excessive drinking can only introduce issues the state doesn’t need.
‘These are problems that will stretch our police force and only put more pressure on our hospital system,’ he said.
He said these measures were ‘sensible and necessary during these extreme times’.
Mr McGowan said he believes West Australians will understand these measures.
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