BARS and clubs in Sydney are extending their lockout time to avoid potential panic as crowds rush to get to the city centre before the lockout.
Nine News reports, Sydney’s lockout laws will be more laid back for New Year’s Eve, just one year after the one-punch death of Daniel Christie that prompted their introduction.
The 18-year-old had his life support turned off more than a week after he was knocked to the ground and hit his head on concrete in Kings Cross last New Year’s Eve.
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This year, the usual 1.30am lockout will be extended until 3am on December 31, allowing those coming off boats to be able to make it to pubs and clubs in time without panic.
Last drinks will remain at 3am and trading hours will remain the same.
Police Association vice-president Pat Dooley says it is more important people are cut off from drinking than locked out of venues.
“Of all the measures they could relax for one night, the lockout is probably the one that causes us the least concern,” he told AAP on Monday.
This alteration will be a test for future major events.