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What is the law at present regarding pubs delivering alcohol to members of the public?

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BT Coleraine

The coronavirus is a novel, rapidly-spreading virus which brings unprecedented changes on a daily basis.

While many have been forced out of work, police officers across the country remain committed to protecting the public.

To help ease any anxieties and ensure the public adhere to government direction, the Police Service Of Northern Ireland has answered a number frequently asked questions recently by media.

What is the law at present regarding pubs delivering alcohol to members of the public?

Is it illegal, and if not, would police advise pub owners against it?

It is legal for pubs to deliver alcohol to members of the public as outlined in the Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (the Order). However, there are a number of conditions that they must comply with as outlined in Article 66 of the Order, which includes: –

A record of the quantity, description and price of the liquor and the name and address of the premises of the person to whom it is to be delivered had been entered before the liquor was dispatched―

• In a day book kept on the premises from which the liquor was dispatched; and
• In a delivery book or invoice, carried by the person delivering the alcohol.

We would remind all licensees to ensure they comply with these requirements and in addition to ensure they follow Government advice on how to minimise the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

For guidance:

The NI Licensing legislation can be found by clicking the link below.


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