‘Absolutely thrilled’: Date set for controversial lockout laws to be scrapped
Sydney’s controversial lockout laws will be almost entirely scrapped from 14 January 2020.
The laws were introduced in 2014 in a bid to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence after the coward-punch deaths of Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie in Kings Cross.
They will now be lifted in Sydney’s CBD and Oxford Street but will still remain in place in Kings Cross.
The Premier has announced the CBD lockout laws will be eased from January 14.
• Remove 1.30am last entry.
• Remove midnight restriction on cocktails & shots.
• Extend ‘last drinks’ at venues with good records by 30 minutes.
• Extend bottle shop opening hours until midnight.
— 2GB 873 (@2GB873) November 28, 2019
Founder of Keep Sydney Open Tyson Koh has been leading the charge against the lockout laws.
He tells Ben Fordham he was “absolutely thrilled” when he heard the news.
“Working alongside so many people to make this happen over the last five years and then finally, it actually bearing fruit. It’s really incredible, I’m still trying to process it.”
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