Can Sydney Recover From The Lockout Laws?

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Lockout laws were introduced in Sydney in 2014, in an effort to curb alcohol-fuelled violence.

The legislation required 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks at bars, pubs and clubs in the Sydney CBD entertainment precinct. Hundreds of venues closed, the economy haemorrhaged a whopping $16 billion per year and the jury is still out as to whether it achieved what it set out to do.

On January 14 2020, the laws were lifted, allowing patrons to enter licensed venues in the CBD and Oxford Street after 1:30am and last drinks extended by half an hour to 3:30am.

But can Sydney’s once-thriving nightlife recover?


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