The state government has announced the first venues to be exempted from the lockout laws in the city’s CBD.
The venues are:
- Palace Hotel
- Arthouse Hotel
- Observer Hotels in the Rocks
The venues have each been granted an extra half hour before they must close their doors to new patrons. This means the closing times move from 1:30am to 2:00am. They will have to stop serving drinks at 3:30am instead of 3am.
There are another 13 applications coming before bureaucrats who will decide if they will enjoy the same exemptions.
According to industry feedback, there may be as many as 50 venues that could take advantage of the relaxed lockout laws.