ANZAC day is here, and it is a sacrosanct day where sale and supply of alcohol is restricted or prohibited under s47 and s48 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (“Act”). Alcohol Consulting Group (ACG) understands you may have some questions around selling alcohol on ANZAC day. ACG is here to answer those questions for you. ACG has listed some of the possible questions you have below with answers.
Q: What hours are restricted on ANZAC day?
A: 12 midnight to 1 pm.
Q: I have an on-licence – what are the restrictions?
A: You can only sell alcohol to people who are on the premises to dine, who live or lodge on the premises or if you have a special licence for an event before 1 pm.
Q: I have a club licence – what are the restrictions?
A: You can sell alcohol on ANZAC in accordance with your normal licence conditions. You still need to make sure you are complying with s 60 of the Act – Sale and supply in clubs to members and guests only.
Q: I have a club licence but we are an RNZRSA –do the restrictions apply to us?
A: Some of the restrictions still apply. The changes to the Act only amended the hours a RSA can sell alcohol on ANZAC day. You can:
· Serve alcohol between 4 am and 1 pm
· Serve alcohol to member of the club
· Serve alcohol to guests of members in accordance with s 60 of the Act
· Serve alcohol to Authorised visitors in accordance with s 60 of the Act
If you want to sell alcohol outside of those restrictions, you need to have a special licence.
The Ministry of Justice have a helpful fact sheet: Serving Alcohol on ANZAC Day – Rules of RSAs.
Q: What is “dining”?
A:This means having a meal with a knife and fork. It does not include bar snacks or finger food.
Q: When can I sell alcohol to people dining?
A: You can sell alcohol to people to enjoy with their meal. This means a drink before, during and one after. People dining cannot drink alcohol more than an hour before they start the meal and more than an hour after they finish a meal.
Q: Can I sell alcohol to people who just want to have a drink?
A: Casual drinking is not allowed so you cannot sell alcohol to people who are at your premises for a reason other than dining. Casual drinking is when someone is drinking with no intention to dine, more than an hour before a meal starts or more than an hour after a meal has finished.
You cannot provide any offer to allow people to drink casually, for example, an offer for a buffet that is only on for a limited time and it is intended that people remain on the premises to drink alcohol after it has finished.
Q: I have an off-licence – can I sell alcohol?
A: No you cannot.
Q: I want to open on ANZAC day morning, what measures should I have in place to make sure I comply with the Act?
A: Contact ACG on 0800 ALCOHOL to discuss your options