SINGAPORE - A ban on consuming alcohol in public places from 10.30pm to 7am is the major change proposed in a new Liquor Control Bill tabled in Parliament on Monday.
For example, what happens if you're having a barbecue at a park? Can you take away a beer and drink it at your barbecue pit after 10.30pm?
Find out more about various scenarios below:
1. What is a public place?
A public place refers to any place the public have access to. It can be out in the open or enclosed, and includes parks, void decks and pavements.
2. Where can you drink/not drink?
Between 10.30pm and 7am, you can drink at licensed premises, which can include restaurants, coffee shops and bars. You can also drink at a private residence.
You will not be able to drink at HDB void decks and corridors.
3. What if I'm having a barbecue at a park or an event?
You will need a liquor consumption permit - on top of the NParks permit for a barbecue pit - to drink alcohol after 10.30pm.
A permit is also required if you intend to consume liquor at an event or gathering at a HDB void deck or corridor beyond 10.30pm.
The applicant is responsible to ensure that public order is maintained.
4. What if I want to buy alcohol and drink it at home?
There are no restrictions on drinking at home, but retail sale hours for take-away liquor will also end at 10.30pm throughout Singapore.
5. Why not just restrict drinking at some public areas?
The restriction will apply to all public places so that it will be clearer to the public, and easier to enforce. This also minimises displacing the problem from one area to another.