The State Government could scrap the controversial 10-minute no-service rule placed on 48 clubs around the state in conjunction with the 2am-5am lock-out.
The move has been welcomed by Oxford St licensees affected by the lockdown legislation who say their staff are being abused by patrons when the rule is enforced.
Reports have emerged that the government’s working body on the new legislation would consider dropping the 10 minute rule if enough evidence could be shown that it was not working.
The rule, put in place to curb excessive drinking, is having the opposite effect, bartenders and licensees have reported, with patrons buying in bulk to avoid the no-service period and leading to increased aggression from frustrated patrons.
It’s a massive nuisance to say the least, Stonewall licensee Craig Bell said before calling on the government to reconsider the legislation.
We’re finding that when people queue up to get their drink and finally get to the front of the bar to be told -˜Sorry, we can’t serve you for 10 minutes’ it’s very inflammatory.
Unlike other affected clubs, Stonewall has had no reported cases of violence as a result of patron aggravation but this may be due to the diversionary tactics adopted by the club.
We try to distract [people] as best as we can by putting shows on for that 10 minute period, which works for us on the ground floor but we don’t have that luxury on the top two floors.
I’d like to see this and the whole legislation reviewed. All it’s doing is impacting on the businesses themselves.
It was a view shared by Arq owner Shadd Danesi.
I don’t see what the legislation is serving other than to put more people onto the streets and to put small venues under pressure, he said.
As for the 10-minute no-service rule, I don’t think it’s working at all. It creates crowding at the bar as people are trying to get drinks before the 10 minutes and people order extra drinks anyway, so it serves no purpose.