The NSW Government has once again relaxed lockout laws to help ensure your glitter and costumes don’t go to waste after midnight this Mardi Gras. The restrictions will be lifted for the night of Saturday March 2 only, specifically in the Oxford Street and Darlinghurst areas.
This means patrons will be admitted to venues (including Stonewall Hotel, Kinselas, ARQ and Cliff Dive) beyond the usual lockout times of 1.30am and 2am, Venues will stop serving alcohol at 3am, or 3.30am if they have live entertainment licences.
Last year, City of Sydney councillor Christine Forster expressed her hope that the temporary lockout lift might lead to more concrete change. “I think the exemptions announced today could serve as a useful trial, providing evidence as to whether consideration can be given to the relaxation of the 1.30am lockout more broadly,” she wrote on her Facebook page.
This year she attempted to have the restrictions lifted for a week in the lead up to Mardi Gras, but that proposal was knocked back by the government.
“I'll continue to lobby the NSW Government for the complete removal of the lockout laws,” she wrote on her Facebook page earlier this month. “If we can get an extra week’s exemption in the lead up to Mardi Gras then that’s fantastic … It is my firm view and that of many business owners in the City of Sydney that the lockout laws have served their purpose and that it is now safe to allow late-night venues to remain open and accessible after 1.30am.”
A map of the lockout exemption area can be found here.
The Sydney Mardi Gras parade is on Saturday March 2 from 7pm to 11pm.
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