Good news for Sydney's nightlife and beyond with this year’s festive season trading hours extended for licensed venues across NSW.
The special rules will see all hotels, clubs, bars and restaurants stay open until 2am for New Year’s Eve and 11pm trading for takeaway sales on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Liquor & Gaming NSW Director of Compliance Operations Sean Goodchild said inspectors would monitor hotels, clubs, nightclubs, bottle shops and cruise vessels to check that alcohol was being served responsibly.
“We want to ensure venues provide a safe environment for people to celebrate over the festive season with the lowest possible risk of alcohol-related harm,” Mr Goodchild said.
Key areas to be targeted by inspectors include Sydney CBD and surrounds, eastern suburbs and beaches, Newcastle, Wollongong and Byron Bay.
Special arrangements were needed this year due to Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve falling on a Sunday when venues have earlier standard closing times.
The changes mean venues can trade until 2am on New Year’s Eve despite more restrictive Sunday night closing times that may apply under development consents.
The Government is also moving to allow hotels and clubs to open until 11pm this Christmas Eve.
Venues with extended trading on Sundays can continue to trade as usual for both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
The Sydney CBD and Kings Cross restriction on patrons being admitted to venues after either 1.30am or 2am does not apply on New Year’s Eve.
The 11pm trading for takeaway alcohol sales on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve will be available to businesses that can trade until 11pm on other week days. Bottle shops and other packaged liquor licensees can also open earlier from 8am on Christmas Eve.
These trading arrangements give consumers extra time to make purchases ahead of the festivities on both days.