The Andrews Government should allow cellar doors to reopen ahead of the Queen’s Birthday weekend to help wineries recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Cellar doors are a vital part of the regional tourism economy and the June long weekend is one of the most important weekends of the year for them.
Wineries which rely on cellar door sales have been told they must close as a result of restrictions which prevent businesses like pubs and clubs from selling alcohol without meals.
The summer’s bushfires and a fall in restaurant sales means wineries are more reliant than ever on what sales they can make through their cellar doors.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Liquor and Gaming, Steph Ryan:
“The government needs to support the sector to safely get back in business by allowing them to reopen in time for the June long weekend.
“Wineries with cellar doors should be permitted to open with the appropriate physical distancing requirements in place.
“It’s an odd decision for Daniel Andrews to say people can sit down for a cup of coffee, but they can’t buy a glass of wine from a cellar door.”