Special Edition No.6
The Hospitality Messenger is very conscious of WA’s liquor, hospitality, event and tourism industries being hit hard by the current COVID-19 situation and is committed to providing as much support as possible.
There has been talk throughout the industry and the general public over the last two weeks as to various issues associated with the new temporary take-away liquor volume restrictions.
The restrictions introduced on 25 March 2020 have been reviewed with the following message from the Director of Liquor Licensing today:
While I appreciate the restrictions are presenting some challenges for small business operators in Western Australia, the original objective to ensure Western Australia is well prepared to respond to COVID-19 and minimise alcohol-related problems in the community remains a priority for the Government.
The quantity restrictions will therefore remain in force unchanged and will be reassessed in one month.
However, a number of concessions and alternate arrangements have been put in place to address some of the issues around bulk purchasing of liquor in certain circumstances. In this regard, wine producers are now able to sell a case of wine per customer per week and licensees in remote areas of the state can apply for an occasional licence to facilitate the sale of larger quantities of liquor to station owners etc
Liquor trading restrictions apply tomorrow, Good Friday. With the introduction of the recent
take-away liquor occasional licence, the licensing authority has released a reminder of the restrictions and a useful summary of what is permissible under the temporary take-away occasional licences. Click here to access that. Licensees are urged to comply.
Many operating in the hospitality industry in Western Australia will be affected by new laws regulating the conduct of landlords and tenants in relation to rental agreements in the current environment. The new Code of Conduct is said to continue for the period of operation of the Federal Government’s JobKeeper programme. Click here to read Lavan’s summary of the new Code and how it may affect you.
The Fair Work Commission has changed the Restaurant Industry Award 2010 in recognition of the impact COVID-19 and the related Government restrictions have had on the industry. Changes are summarised as follows:
At this stage, the changes will operate from 31 March 2020 until 30 June 2020, but may be extended. They will hopefully assist employers in the hospitality industry during this difficult time
Prior to an employer directing an employee to work reduced average hours, the employer must consult with affected employee and the UWU (if they are a member of the UWU).
If you have any questions about the changes and how they may affect your business, please contact us.
During these tumultuous times there are some opportunities for those positioned to take advantage. Various government authorities are likely to cut red tape. The City of Perth has already taken such steps.
Government funding remains available for some projects.
Lavan has a centralised hub of various COVID-19 related information, much of which can assist those operating in the liquor, hospitality, tourism and event industries. Click here to access.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE HOSPITIALITY MESSENGER PDF