Blenheim bars adopt 1am door policy
People planning a night out on the town in Blenheim will have to get to the bars before 1am when a new one-way door policy comes into force next month.
Marlborough area prevention manager Senior Sergeant Peter Payne said the policy meant from 1am no-one would be allowed to enter a licensed establishment. Patrons already inside a bar at 1am were allowed to stay until the regular closing time.
Two Blenheim bars with a licence to open after 1am had volunteered to adopt the policy.
Fairweathers Bar in Scott St and the Loft bar in Kinross St would introduce the policy next month. Mr Payne said it was expected the policy would be fully operational in October.
The voluntary move by the two Blenheim bars was an extremely positive and responsible action, he said.
Police and the Marlborough District Council licensing inspector had been working with licence-holders on strategies to reduce alcohol-fuelled offending in central Blenheim.
Police were delighted with the bar owners' adoption of the policy, Mr Payne said.
"This is a crime-prevention initiative that has been used successfully in other parts of the world and we hope will have a positive effect in reducing the number of violent incidents around Blenheim."
"What is most encouraging for police is to see those other agencies and business operators being prepared to do their bit to contribute to this prevention strategy."
Police planned on talking to a third Blenheim licence-holder about adopting the policy, Mr Payne said.
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