Extended hours for bars, clubs on New Year’s Eve

The Liquor Licensing Board has granted a one-hour extension to bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels on New Year’s Eve.

The board’s chairman, Mitchell Welds, said, “This extension applies to all seven categories of liquor licenses; however, this does not mean that general permission is being granted for all licensed premises to close at the latest time permitted.”
The additional hour permitted by the extension grant can only be added to the closing time that each business is currently permitted.

This means, for example, that a nightclub that usually closes at 2:30 a.m. would close at 3:30 a.m., or a bar with a usual closing time of 12:30 a.m. could remain open until 1:30 a.m.

While opening hours have been extended by 60 minutes, Mr. Welds pointed out that liquor sales and playing music at licensed premises must cease during the last 10 minutes of permitted opening hours for retail, hotel, restaurant, and beer or wine categories of licenses.

He added that customers are expected to vacate premises before closing time.