Are bottle shops an essential service?
People across New South Wales and Victoria are now panic buying alcohol.
Thousands of Australians are swarming local bottle shops after the government announced a shutdown to come in over the next 48 hours.
There’s no clear indication on what types of retail outlets will be included in the lockdown just yet. So far we know supermarkets, convenience stores and petrol stations will be allowed to remain open.
Liqour stores are currently a grey area on this. Many bottle shops are connected to supermarkets, like Liquorland and may be allowed to open.
While we don’t know about other warehouse style bottle shops like Dan Murphy’s.
We just don’t know yet, so until that’s clear, Australian’s – known to be big booze consumers – are beginning to panic.
Images shared on social media Sunday night showed packed bottle shops with people hoarding beer, wine and spirits.
Many were on the phone to family to ensure everyones favourite booze doesn’t run out during the massive shutdown that could last for months.
Earlier today, the NSW Premier said Sydney and the rest of the state would start to shut down over the next 48 hours.
Meanwhile, the head of Carlton and United Breweries said unless beer production was considered an “essential service” – Australia would run out of beer in a few months.
Ryan is Contributing Editor