New alcohol laws are kicking in today. The new restrictions are part of the Liqour Control (Supply and Consumption) Act which bans drinking in all public spaces from 10.30pm to 7pm every day.

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There were strong backing from all segments of Singaporeans, including young people, for the proposed laws to clamp down on late-night public drinking. A telephone survey commissioned by government feedback unit REACH revealed that 81 percent of the 1,145 polled said that they were in favour of this proposed law.

With Easter coming this Friday and the long weekend looming over the horizon, we can expect the crowd to come out to the beaches, chalets and parks to enjoy the company of their friends.

Here is a brief guideline on how the latest alcohol law will affect your social gatherings and that bottle of wine.

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Beaches

As long as you have a permit from the National Parks Board to organise the barbecue in a park, including East Coast Park, you can pop them corks and guzzle those beers.

Drinking must be in the immediate vicinity of the barbeque area and only during the permit duration

Retail shops

Retail outlets such as convenience stores are barred from selling takeaway alcohol from 10.30pm to 7am.

Go and stock up before that. Nothing is worse than running out of alcohol before that party is over.

Otherwise, you can drink in licensed premises such as restaurants and pubs, which can sell alcohol according to its license.

Liquor Control Zones

Technically, the whole island is a liquor control zone. But there are two areas where there will be stricter rules. Geylang and Little India – places with a higher risk of public disorder associated with excessive drinking.

  • NO public drinking from 7pm on eve of Pubic Holiday to 7am the next day
  • NO public drinking from 7am on Saturdays to 7am on Sunday.
  • Shops within this zone are also not allowed to sell takeaway alcohol during these times.

MHA has warned that Anyone drinking illegally can be fined up to $1,000 and repeat offenders may be fined up to $2,000 and jailed for up to three months. A shop selling alcohol after the permitted hours could be fined up to $10,000.

With the long weekend approaching fast, you better double check your plans  again if you are planning to drink.

A police fine is the last thing you need after a bad hangover.

Source: The Straits Times