Extended trading hours for licensed premises

Bang: Revellers enjoy the Sydney Harbour fireworks last year. Picture: James Alcock
Bang: Revellers enjoy the Sydney Harbour fireworks last year. Picture: James Alcock

Licensed premises will be able to trade until 11pm on Christmas Eve and 2am on New Year’s Eve under hours announced this month.

The special arrangements have been put in place this year due to Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve falling on a Sunday when venues usually have earlier standard closing times.   

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. 

Liquor and Gaming NSW Director of Compliance Operations, Sean Goodchild, said inspectors will be monitoring hotels, clubs, nightclubs, bottle shops and cruise vessels to check that responsible service of alcohol obligations are being met. 

“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,” he said.

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