Rules eased to let Sydney party hard

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 29 Nov 2019

Sydney's lackluster nightlife received a long-awaited boost yesterday when officials announced an end to rules severely limiting where and when people can drink alcohol.

New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian announced pubs' trading hours would be extended and laws curbing after-midnight drinking would be eased in most of central Sydney starting January 14. "We need to ensure we have a strong and vibrant night-time economy that reflects our position as Australia's only truly global city," said Berejiklian.

Under famed "lock-out laws", introduced in early 2014 to limit alcohol-related violence, bar doors close at 1.30am, there are restrictions on serving cocktails, shots or "drinks in glass" after midnight, and bouncers and police hover over proceedings.

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