rip lockouts: sydney is (slightly more) open

After year's of protesting the controversial laws, they are finally being lessened.

by Wendy Syfret
08 December 2016, 12:24am

Image via @keepsydneyopen

In February 2014, Sydney introduced the controversial lock-out laws that saw inner city venues to close their doors at 1.30AM, and stop serving drinks to those locked inside at 3AM. In the years since, an ongoing debate has been raging about whether they effectively curb alcohol fuelled violence in the city, and if it's worth the damage done to local businesses. Now, after an extensive effort from the Keep Sydney Open movement, it appears we might finally see some relief.

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Yesterday NSW premier Mike Baird announced the restrictions would be pulled back by half an hour, making the lockout time 2AM and last drinks 3.30AM. More promisingly, venues that "offer genuine live entertainment, live performances or art and cultural events" will be able to apply for exemptions from the laws all together. Limitations on the sale of alcohol will also be lessened. Previously, takeaway alcohol sales stopped at 10PM, now bottle shops and delivery services will be able to stay open to 11PM.

While it's not quite a total repeal, it's a move in the right direction during a time where after-dark culture feels increasingly threatened. The summer party season just got a little more exciting.



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