The Easter holiday period affects trading hours for licensed premises, including restrictions on serving alcohol, operating gaming machines and providing adult entertainment.
Good Friday Eve (Thursday 14 April)
On the Thursday before Good Friday (Good Friday Eve), the sale and supply of alcohol is only permitted until 12 midnight regardless of whether you have approved extended trading hours that allow for later trading. While the bar must finish serving at this time, patrons still have until 12.30am to finish consuming their drinks.
All gaming machines at hotels and clubs must stop at 12 midnight on Good Friday Eve. For casinos, gaming is permitted until 3am on Good Friday.
Good Friday (15 April)
You will need to change your alcohol, gaming and adult entertainment operations on Good Friday.
On Good Friday, no gaming is permitted and no take-away liquor may be sold.
You are permitted to sell and supply liquor from 10am to 12 midnight together with a meal in a part of the premises that is ordinarily set aside for dining, if the meal is also prepared, served and intended to be eaten on the premises. (Note: A meal is defined as food eaten by a person at a fixed structure used as a table, with cutlery provided for the purpose of eating the food, and is of a sufficient substance to be ordinarily accepted as a meal.)
You are not permitted to sell takeaway alcohol on Good Friday.
Patrons can buy alcohol for consumption on the premises together with a meal for 1 hour before, during and 1 hour after eating their meal.
Gaming and adult entertainment
Neither gaming nor adult entertainment is permitted in licensed premises on Good Friday. For casinos, gaming must stop between 3am and midnight on Good Friday.
Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Licensed premises can trade at their usual opening times, without the restrictions of Good Friday.
There are no special restrictions on the provision of liquor and gaming, and licensed premises can trade in accordance with their permitted trading hours and conditions.