Licensees should be aware of the restrictions to liquor and gaming on Good Friday (Friday 6 April) and Anzac Day (Wednesday 25 April).
Thursday 5 April 2012
On the Thursday before Good Friday, licensed premises are only permitted to serve alcohol until midnight, despite regular opening times. While the bar must finish serving at this time, patrons have until 12.30am to finish drinks and leave the premises. Gaming machines are not permitted to operate after midnight.
Friday 6 April 2012
On Good Friday, licensed premises can open from 10am. However, alcohol can only be served with a meal prepared on the premises and eaten in an area of the premises ordinarily set aside for dining. See the fact sheet for details about what constitutes a meal. Patrons can consume alcohol for one hour before dining, while they are dining and up to one hour after dining. Gaming machines are not permitted to operate at all on Good Friday.
Licensees at Stadiums Queensland major sports facilities will be able to sell liquor for on premises consumption on Good Friday without serving an accompanying meal if a major sporting event is being played at the stadium at the time.
Saturday 7 April 2012
Normal trading conditions.
Tuesday 24 April 2012
Licensed premises are only permitted to trade until midnight on the Tuesday before Anzac Day, despite regular opening times. While service from the bar must finish at midnight, patrons will have until 12.30am to finish drinks and leave the premises. Gaming machines are not permitted to operate after midnight.
Wednesday 25 April 2012
Gaming machines are not permitted to operate between midnight Tuesday 24 April and 1pm on Anzac Day, Wednesday 25 April.
On Anzac Day, with the exception of those circumstances discussed below, licensees must not serve alcohol before 1pm unless it is in conjunction with a meal in an area normally set aside for dining, in which case trading may begin at 10am. The sale of takeaway liquor is not permitted prior to 1pm on Anzac Day.
Licensed RSL and Services clubs are permitted to trade from 5am as part of their ordinary trading hours on Anzac Day to recognise and support dawn services. No application is required to facilitate this. However, as stated, gaming machines are not permitted prior to 1pm under any licence.
Two-up may be played legally in a licensed RSL or services club on Anzac Day or other designated days. RSL and services clubs do not need to seek permission from any regulatory authority to play two-up on Anzac Day or other designated days. Other licensed premises can also conduct two-up on their premises as part of an official function for Anzac Day or another designated day, if it is approved in writing by an RSL sub-branch.
All other licence holders may apply for an Extended Hours Permit (XHP) to trade from 5am to 1pm on Anzac Day if the licensee has entered into an agreement with an RSL or Services Club to sell liquor on behalf of the club at an Anzac Day event being held at the premises. An application for an XHP is required in these circumstances however there is no application fee and the necessity of meals is removed if this agreement is in place. Evidence of the agreement with the RSL or Services Club must be lodged with the application.
For further information, please contact OLGR on 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
Thursday 26 April 2012
Normal trading conditions.
During these holiday periods, police and OLGR officers will be checking licensed premises to ensure licensees adhere to the Liquor Act 1992, in particular, to the restricted trading hours. Any licensee found in breach of trading hours may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000.