Thirsty consumers have been furiously attempting to secure their tipple of choice since it became clear liquor stores would have to close during New Zealand’s Level 4 lockdown on Monday. Their prayers have now been answered.
Since the news broke that, while liquor stores would be closed, those run by licensing trusts would be permitted to remain open, Kiwis have Googled ‘licensing trust’ and ‘licensing trust area’ at 100 times their usual rate.
West Auckland licensing trust body The Trusts no doubt disappointed many when it confirmed on Tuesday that it wasn’t interested in distributing nationwide during the lockdown, but consumers have now been given other options.
The Government’s ‘essential business’ criteria has today been updated to include the below:
“Liquor stores must close to the public unless they are in Licencing Trust areas. Open premises in Licencing Trust areas can operate with a one-in-one-out rule. Online stores can sell alcohol.”
Liquor retailers have responded rapidly, letting shoppers know they’re once again open for business.