Liquor Licensing Board Chairman Mitchell Welds has confirmed that liquor license holders will get a one-hour extension beyond regular closing times on New Year's Eve and on New Year's Day.

'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', Mr Welds said.

He emphasised that the additional hour can only be added to the closing time that each business is currently permitted to open. Mr Welds also noted that all other license stipulations remain in effect.

'Liquor sales and the playing of music must cease during the last ten minutes of permitted opening hours for retail, hotel, restaurant, and beer/wine categories of licenses', he said. Customers also are expected to vacate the premises before closing.

The decision to grant the extension emerged out of the latest Liquor Licensing Board quarterly meeting, held on 11 December. The meeting agenda included one new application, two deferred variations, and three ratifications of the chairman's decisions.

For more information, contact the Liquor Licensing Board Secretary, Mrs Marva Scott, on 244-3168 or    

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