Open and shut case for public holiday trading for pubs and supermarkets

ORANGE'S pubs and licensed venues have locked in their Good Friday opening hours.

The Orange Liquor Accord, of which most major hotels in the city are a member, met on Tuesday afternoon to formulate a plan.

Although it is legal for licensed premises to trade on Good Friday in Orange, few premises in town open their doors.

Most pubs will be shut on Good Friday, although the Royal Hotel will open its public bar at midday and trade until 10pm, while the rest of the venue is closed.

The Hotel Canobolas, Hotel Orange, Kelly’s Rugby Hotel and the Parkview Hotel will all close tomorrow.

Arrangements for Anzac Day, which falls on Friday week, were also discussed at the meeting.

“Because Anzac Day is falling on a Friday, all venues will be trading normal trading hours for a Friday,” said Liquor Accord head Bill Kelly, who is also the owner of Kelly’s Rugby Hotel.

“We normally open after the march on Anzac Day,” he said, which is also the plan for the Parkview Hotel.

For the pubs near the Cenotaph, the Hotel Canobolas and the Royal Hotel will open at midday on Anzac Day, until late and around 10pm respectively. The Hotel Orange will trade from 10am until late.

Meanwhile, all major supermarkets in Orange will be closed on Good Friday, and all open at 1pm on Anzac Day.

Coles will close at 10pm, both Woolworths stores at 9pm, Aldi at 8pm and both Ashcroft’s Supa IGA stores at 7pm on April 25.

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