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Sydney to enjoy late boozing for Vivid as lockout law hours are extended

The end of the lockout laws… for a week: Sydney to enjoy late boozing in pubs and clubs as tens of thousands pour into city for Vivid light show

  • The NSW Government announced the trading restriction from 10pm to 11pm 
  • Extended trading hours optional but it is estimated to benefit 3400 venues 
  • Relaxed trading restriction however will not override the existing lockout laws
  • Vivid will run for 23 days around from Sydney Harbour Bridge to Opera House 

Sydney is set to enjoy extended lockout laws for a few weeks as tens of thousands pour into the city for the Vivid light show.

The NSW Government announced the relaxed trading restriction on several clubs and pubs in the CBD and Kings Cross area from 10pm to 11pm on the three Sundays which Vivid is running from May 24 to June 15. 

The extended trading hours is optional for businesses but it is estimated to benefit almost 3400 venues, Daily Telegraph reported. They will, however, not override the existing lockout laws. 

Vivid will run for 23 days around from Sydney Harbour Bridge to Opera House

The NSW Government announced the relaxed trading restriction on several clubs and pubs in the CBD and Kings Cross area from 10pm to 11pm (stock)

The NSW Government announced the relaxed trading restriction on several clubs and pubs in the CBD and Kings Cross area from 10pm to 11pm (stock)

Furthermore, trading hours will again be extended from 10pm to midnight for State of Origin Game 2 on June 23, as well as the NRL Grand Final on October 6. 

Pubs and clubs presenting live broadcasts of overseas games will also have their trading hours extended.  

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello told the publication that extended hours will lead to new opportunities, more jobs, and increase in tourism opportunities. 

‘There is a pipeline of world-class events starting soon, and the later trading will encourage friends and families to visit their local pub or club and catch all the ­action on the big screen,’ Mr Dominello said.  

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello told the publication that extended hours will lead to new opportunities, more jobs, and increase in tourism opportunities

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello told the publication that extended hours will lead to new opportunities, more jobs, and increase in tourism opportunities

Tourism Accommodation Australia CEO Michael Johnson said the extended trading hours during the Vivid light show 'played a vital role in bringing interstate and international visitors to the city'

Tourism Accommodation Australia CEO Michael Johnson said the extended trading hours during the Vivid light show ‘played a vital role in bringing interstate and international visitors to the city’

People look at a light projection onto the Customs House during a preview of Vivid Sydney 2019

People look at a light projection onto the Customs House during a preview of Vivid Sydney 2019

A child runs through 'PJ the Port Jackson Shark' light sculpture during a preview of Vivid Sydney Taronga Zoo

A child runs through ‘PJ the Port Jackson Shark’ light sculpture during a preview of Vivid Sydney Taronga Zoo 

Tourism Accommodation Australia CEO Michael Johnson said the extended trading hours during the Vivid light show ‘played a vital role in bringing interstate and international visitors to the city.’  

Vivid will run for 23 days around the city, from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Opera House.

Other areas including the Art Gallery of NSW, Barrangaroo, Carriagworks, Chatswood, Circular Quay, City Recital Hall, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross, The Rocks, The Royal Botanic Garden, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park and the Museum of Contemporary Art. 

People look at a light projection onto the Museum of Contemporary Art during a preview of Vivid Sydney 2019 in Sydney

People look at a light projection onto the Museum of Contemporary Art during a preview of Vivid Sydney 2019 in Sydney

From 6pm on Friday Sydney will shine bright and guests are reminded to plan their visit to make the most of the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere.

‘Vivid Sydney is incredibly popular and last year 2.25 million people attended across the 23 days and nights of the festival,’ Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said.

‘With guests of all demographics, nationalities and abilities visiting Sydney for this event, it’s important that everyone is considerate and enjoys the sense of community throughout the CBD and nearby precincts. 

‘Vivid Sydney is on every night from May 24 to June 15, and we encourage visitors to be mindful of popularity on weekends.’ 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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