The exemption would appear to allow licensed bottles shops to remain open, providing an opportunity for hybrid operators who have off-sales element to their bar.
Any brewery shops that remain open are subject to the social distancing restrictions of remaining two metres apart, and managing queues.
The news follows yesterday’s (Wednesday 25 March) clarification that pubs are able to sell food for delivery and takeaway while closed to the public.
Only pubs that have an off-sales licence can sell alcohol for takeaway or delivery.
The Government relaxed planning rules last week to allow pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways for hot food and drinks to serve people at home.
The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) chief executive James Calder said: “Following pressure from SIBA and other industry bodies, the Government has provided much-needed clarification that off-licences and licensed shops selling alcohol, including within breweries, are exceptions to the closures.
“It is a matter for each brewery and off-licence whether they continue to open and, if they do, should follow the Government’s important safety guidance.”