We are aware of The Liquor Control Bill which was passed in Parliament on January 30, 2015. Well, for Singaporeans who do not know about the Bill, now is the time to get familiar with it. The Bill states that no alcohol should be consumed in public places between 10:30pm and 7am. In addition to that, no alcohol should be sold beyond 10:30pm.
If you want to know more about the new law, you have to read further. Here are some FAQs about The Liquor Control Bill:
- Can we drink alcohol at coffee shops or hawker centres after 10:30pm? Yes, we are allowed to drink alcohol at coffee shops or hawker centres after 10:30pm as long as we are in its premises. We have to consider the liquor licenses of the shop too.
- Can we drink alcohol at F & B outlets within parks? Yes, we are allowed to drink alcohol at F & B outlets within parks after 10:30pm as long as we are in its premises. Again, we have to consider the liquor licenses of the outlets. Cut-off time differs – there’s 12am or past midnight.
- Can we drink alcohol at condominiums or apartments after 10:30pm? Yes, we can drink alcohol at condominiums or apartments after 10:30pm as long as we are in its confines. There is no problem with private property unless the household has alcohol restrictions.
- What if it is concealed? If the police believe that we are harbouring alcohol beyond 10:30pm, they have the right to search. We need to comply when officers ask us.
- Will there be penalties? Definitely there will be penalties. First time offenders will have to pay a fine of up to S$1,000 whilst repeat offenders will pay a fine of up to S$2,000 or three month’s jail time.
- Can we buy alcohol from duty-free shops? Yes, we are allowed to buy alcohol from duty-free shops after 10:30pm since they are still retail outlets and they need to comply. The only difference is that these shops can apply for extended alcohol sale.
- When will this law take effect? Be cautious because the new law will come into effect on April 1, 2015.
This new law only seeks to encourage responsible drinking. As long as we act appropriately, we will not get into trouble. Remember that ignorance of the law excuses no one. If we are reprimanded by law, we have to admit that we are wrong and learn from it. The next time you think about consuming alcohol after 10:30pm, think twice.