New liquor policy step closer

The Timaru District Council has approved a provisional regional alcohol policy and now awaits the approval of neighbouring councils.

The Mackenzie District Council also considered the policy yesterday and the Waimate District Council will do so on December 17. If it is adopted by both it will be publicly notified.

The policy states South Canterbury liquor stores and supermarkets will not be able to sell alcohol after 9pm. Licensed premises open until 3am will require a one-way door restriction. Patrons can leave but not enter after 2am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A number of discretionary conditions will be in place, including door staff on busy weekend nights, and a discretionary condition was added by the police that no shots or double spirit mixes be sold within half an hour of closing.

This would be enacted if police raised concerns about shots being sold at a bar in the last half-hour causing disorder, and the discretionary condition could be added when the licence was reviewed.

The consumption of alcohol outside after midnight would be a discretionary condition on licences.

Another discretionary condition restricts new on-licence (taverns, hotels, bars and nightclubs, not restaurants and cafes) and off-licence premises from being situated within 100 metres of any kindergarten, early childhood centre, primary or secondary school.

The Timaru Herald