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Easter comes early in 2016 — are you ready?

Beer being poured from a tap, into a glass

The Easter long weekend starts this year on Good Friday, 25 March. All liquor licensees should check the conditions on their licence to determine whether Good Friday affects their trading hours.

Trading hours on the eve of Good Friday:

  • If your licence does not allow you to trade past midnight, then you must close at your normal time.
  • If your licence normally allows you to trade past midnight, but has a condition that excludes trading into the morning of Good Friday, then you must close at midnight.
  • If your licence allows you to trade past midnight and does not have a condition excluding trading into the morning of Good Friday, you can close at your normal time.

The way you run your business has a direct impact on your customers, neighbours and visitors to both your venue and the local area. You have a responsibility to ensure that alcohol is sold in a way that meets your licence conditions and provides a safe and responsible liquor environment for everyone to enjoy. Make sure you practice responsible service of alcohol, provide free drinking water and help keep everyone safe.

You must not supply alcohol outside the trading hours that are listed on your licence. Your customers can take 30 minutes to finish their drinks after the closing time, but you can't give them any more alcohol during this time.

Unless otherwise stated on your licence, standard trading hours for Good Friday allow you to commence serving alcohol from 12 noon.

Gaming venue operators are reminded that gaming machines must not be operated outside the trading hours permitted on their liquor licence.

Research by Turning Point and VicHealth into public holidays and alcohol-related harm reports a surge in hospital admissions, ambulance call outs and arrests for assault on most public holidays as well as the day before. Over Easter, emergency services report a significant surge in hospital admissions for car accidents.

For all other enquiries, please contact the VCGLR.

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Article last modified 
17 May 2018