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Darlinghurst summer streets finale to cap off successful al fresco inner city festival series

The summer streets event will take place on Saturday. Photo: City of Sydney.

By DANIEL LO SURDO

The final Sydney summer streets event will take place in Darlinghurst on Saturday following successful events across the inner city.

The City reaffirmed on Thursday morning that the summer streets event would be going ahead on Saturday, saying that the area on Stanley Street between Crown Street and Yurong Street would be closed from 9:00am to 11:30pm for pedestrian-only use, including alfresco drinking and dining.

Local businesses participating on Saturday include the Lord Roberts Hotel, Stanley’s Bar and Bill and Toni’s Italian, and will be the final summer streets event of the season.

The events come as a COVID-19 recovery initiative from the City to support local businesses and provide outdoor entertainment for residents in a socially-distanced and safe fashion.

Musician George Washingmachine, who featured as part of the Pyrmont summer streets festival in February, said that venues were “finding it difficult to operate as they once did”, adding that the event was a “terrific” opportunity to play to a Sydney audience again.

While the summer street series will end on Saturday, Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore has said that “expanding outdoor dining remains an essential part of what we’re doing to support business through these challenging times”.

Long-term adoption 

In February, the City chose to extend its waiving of all outdoor dining fees until June, in a move that Liberal councillor Lyndon Gannon said was a “net benefit for everyone”.

Venues across the City were also granted expanded trading hours, subject to their location. As part of the announcement, late-night management precincts would be allowed to trade until 1am, with city living precincts allowed to trade until 11pm.

CORRECTION – The story originally stated that a message from the City of Sydney cancelling the Stanley Street summer street program was posted earlier this week. This message was posted when the Stanley Street summer street program was first due to take place earlier in the summer, not during this week.

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