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19 December 2017

Liquor trading times confirmed for the festive season

Licensed premises trading hours for the festive season have been confirmed with all hotels, clubs, bars and restaurants able to open until 2am for New Year's Eve and 11pm trading for takeaway sales on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Venues with extended trading on Sundays can continue to trade as usual for both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Special arrangements have been 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 has also allowed hotels and clubs to open until 11pm this Christmas 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.