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The WA government will ban the delivery of alcohol between midnight and 6am, part of a suite of new regulations on the home-delivery of booze.

Alcohol home-delivery services — offered by bottle-shops and specialist companies like Jimmy Brings — have soared in popularity since the beginning of the pandemic.

Today, Racing and Gaming Minister Reece Whitby announced new rules on how these services can operate.

From February 1 2021, unattended same day deliveries and the delivery of alcohol between the hours of midnight and 6am will be illegal. Consumers must show ID on delivery.

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If liquor is delivered on a day after the day it was ordered, it can only be left unattended if the customer has specifically requested this and it cannot be left in a place that is visible to passers-by.

Mr Whitby said that the new rules would help keep West Australians safe.

“The way we purchase alcohol is changing, but with this comes the increased risk of alcohol-related harm,” he said.

“The State Government’s move to tighten regulations around alcohol home deliveries is just another way we are working to reduce alcohol abuse and the destructive behaviour that comes with it.

“By introducing a requirement to show ID upon delivery, we are minimising the risk but not imposing an unreasonable burden on consumers who require the flexibility of unattended home deliveries.”

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