Alcohol Restrictions Have Finally Been Lifted Across Australia
In the wake of panic buying amid the coronavirus pandemic, Australian liquor stores decided it was a good idea to restrict how much booze people could buy.
The limits weren't exactly that limiting, however it would prevent stores facing a massive shortage.
Customers were restricted from buying 12 bottles of wine, three casks of wine, four bottles of spirits and four cases of beer, spirits, premix and cider at all participating stores, which included the likes of Liquorland, BWS, Vintage Cellars, Dan Murphy's, IGA Liquor and Aldi.
But, as the coronavirus pandemic weakens in Australia, it appears these restrictions have been lifted.
Retail Drinks Australia has declared the age of restriction is over and now you're able to buy whatever you want.
The organisation's boss, Julie Ryan, was happy with the decisions they've made as it was essential to keeping stores stocked.
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"The specific purpose of the restrictions was to demonstrate co-ordinated industry leadership by liquor retailers, and to pre-emptively address concerns regarding panic-buying," she said in a statement.
"After monitoring data closely over the last month, we can report that despite early elevated purchasing following initial announcements of COVID-19 related restrictions, we have seen purchasing trends flatten and return to near-normal.
"Retail liquor trading has returned to 2019 levels, and in many cases is actually significantly lower.
"On average, liquor retail sales in April are up to 15 per cent lower than this time last year and Easter trading was also up to 10 per cent lower than the 2019 Easter trading period."
Some stores have been overwhelmed with customers and say it's as busy as Christmas, however others have been shocked to see a dramatic downturn in shoppers.
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