Sydney lockout and last drink laws to remain

Published: 12 Dec 2016

Lockout laws will be relaxed for live entertainment venues in Sydney’s CBD and Kings Cross, while retailers across the state will be able to sell takeaway and home delivery alcohol up to 11pm.

The NSW Government is implementing recommendations by the Independent Liquor Law Review to create safe, diverse and vibrant night-time entertainment options for Sydney and NSW.

Venues that offer genuine live entertainment, live performances or art and cultural events will be able to take part in a two-year trial of a later 2am lockout and 3:30am last drinks.

Takeaway and home delivery alcohol sales will be extended from 10pm to 11pm across the state.

The extension of takeaway and home delivery alcohol sales and the later lockout times will be in place by January to allow the community and businesses to capitalise over the busy summer period.

Premier Mike Baird said Ian Callinan’s review of the reforms found that the lockout laws resulted in much safer, quieter and cleaner areas.

“He made some common sense suggestions for changes that we are confident will further enhance night-life in the precincts without undermining the essential purpose of the laws – which is to make the CBD and the Cross places where people can enjoy a safe night out,” said Mr Baird.

Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said the changes will keep the focus on community safety while creating more diverse and vibrant night-time entertainment options.

“We’ve found a balance that will contribute to lessening alcohol-fuelled violence whilst still allowing our global city to thrive and be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike,” Mr Grant said.

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