Please verify

Watch LIVE

Now they're confiscating alcohol delivered to locked-down Australian apartments if booze volume exceeds state-sanctioned limits

Stacks of Foster's lager are ready for distribution in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

If you've had an inkling that the COVID-19 response in one particular Australian state has taken on an Orwellian hue, then the newest reported wrinkle probably won't shock you.

What now?

In New South Wales — a southeastern state encompassing Sydney — alcohol deliveries to apartments under COVID-19 lockdown are being confiscated if booze volume exceeds limits mandated by the Ministry of Health, news.com.au reported.

The powers that be are enacting daily alcohol limits to "ensure the safety of health staff and residents," the outlet added.

News.com.au said Mission Australia's Common Ground building in Camperdown is the latest building where occupants are subjected to such rules — and it should come as no surprise that they don't like it.

Residents of the social housing development complained that care packages sent to them by friends and relatives have been searched prior to delivery, the outlet said.

"They are searching all bags and things coming into the building," Common Ground resident Robin Elhaj said, according to news.com.au. "They confiscated a series of gifts. So things like bottles of spirits — we weren't allowed to have those, and we still [aren't]."

More from the outlet:

Residents are allowed to receive a ration of one of the following: six beers or pre-mixed drinks, one bottle of wine, or one 375ml bottle of spirits.

Excess alcohol is being confiscated until lockdown rules are lifted.

Residents can consult with a clinician if they think they need more than the allowed limit.

A Sydney Local Health District spokeswoman confirmed the limits are in place in NSW Health's Special Health Accommodation where COVID-positive patients and close contacts are sent for isolation, news.com.au reported.

The outlet said it's unclear how NSW Health can enforce alcohol-delivery limits to those isolating in their own homes as public health orders don't mention alcohol limits.

A NSW Police spokeswoman told news.com.au that officers are not confiscating alcohol delivered to residential buildings and don't have the authority to do so: "In all residential lockdown locations, NSW Police are there to ensure compliance with the Public Health Orders and assist NSW Health if required."

However, a Sydney Local Health District spokeswoman told news.com.au that when NSW Health took control of apartment buildings in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, the buildings became subject to alcohol consumption restrictions.

Anything else?

New South Wales has seen a number of controversial measures related to COVID-19:

Most recent
All Articles