Amsterdam’s night mayor has an alternative for Sydney’s lockout laws

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Amsterdam and Sydney are polar opposites when it comes to nightlife.

While the Dutch capital contains numerous clubs with 24-hour licenses, Australia’s largest city has operated strict lockout laws since 2014.

Patrons are forbidden from entering licensed venues located in Sydney’s city centre after 1:30 a.m., and alcohol service is cut at 3 a.m. on the dot, due to concerns about alcohol-fuelled violence.

It’s a measure which “doesn’t make sense” to Amsterdam’s Night Mayor, Mirik Milan, who spoke to the ABC.

“I think [lockout laws] will not work because, probably, what the State Government wants is behavioural change, and you don’t get behavioural change from blaming it on the operators,” he told the news outlet.  Read more…

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