AHA calls for restraint from partygoers: Dont take frustrations out on bar staff
With the new lockouts and last drinks laws set to impact on Sydney revellers this weekend as one of the city's biggest annual celebrations, the Mardi Gras Parade, is to take place, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) is calling for parade and party-goers to show restraint.
Although the laws officially came into effect on Monday, AHA NSW Director of Policing John Green said this weekend will be the first big test of the Government’s new measures.
“This weekend will see the hundreds of thousands of people that visit Sydney each weekend increased significantly with the Mardi Gras crowd influx.
“However, with the Mardi Gras crowds comes additional high-visibility policing resources, so the real test will come in the weeks ahead.”
Green said the AHA is sceptical that blanket lockouts will work in a city like Sydney, but said hotels will be working closely with police to ensure the laws are enforced.
“We’ve been meeting regularly with senior police commanders and they will do all in their power to assist venues that are doing their best," said Green.
“That having been said, we have real concerns that frustrated people may take it out on staff when refused entry at 1.30am and refused drinks from 3am.
“This will include those in a queue for a crowded pub from 1am – people need to understand that once 1.30am ticks over, that’s it – no-one else can come in.”
Green streesed people need to be aware that regardless of any opinions, the law is the law.
"Hotel staff are only complying with the new rules set down by the Government.”
Green added the AHA did not believe lockouts were a good solution.
“There seems little point in pushing everyone out on the street at lockout time or at 3am – during taxi changeover and with no trains running between 1.44 and 5.14am.
"The Government should also be looking at the many public space issues that need to be addressed – especially when it comes to policing and transport.”