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What’s a one-way door restriction?

A one-way door restriction is a rule that prevents people from entering a licensed premise (such as a bar or tavern) after a given time, while allowing those already on premises to remain there until closing.

Some bars in Palmerston North operate a voluntary one-way door restriction from 2.30am. Council considered whether to make this type of restriction mandatory in the draft local alcohol policy, but decided that there wasn’t enough evidence of a problem to warrant including a one-way door restriction.

The District Licensing Committee, which issues licences for the sale and supply of alcohol, can still choose to impose a one-way door restriction as a condition of a licence if it believes that it is appropriate to do so.