Sydney’s nightlife has changed dramatically over the last decade thanks to lock-out laws and the pandemic.
It wasn’t long ago businesses were forced to close due to Covid- and with pubs shut and singing and dancing illegal, naturally, people turned to other forms of entertainment rather than grabbing a couple of drinks.
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So what is it like right now? Have we improved or lost the long-standing competition against Melbourne as Australia’s social capital?
In today’s episode of THIS ARVO IN SYDNEY, host Sacha Barbour Gatt and LiSTNR journalist Kimberley Braddish chat about whether Sydney’s nightlife can bounce back to pre-pandemic times as well as the significant changes brought by lockdown laws that continue to shape people’s lives.
In 2014 the NSW Government introduced controversial lockout laws, following a spate of alcohol-fuelled violence resulting in the closure of over a hundred businesses. They were lifted in 2020.
This was followed by the 24-Hour Economy Strategy in September 2020, to revitalise Sydney’s nightlife and reputation as a 24-hour city – but has it worked?