SINGAPORE - There will be no sale of alcohol in Little India this Saturday and Sunday, the authorities confirmed on Wednesday, as three more men were charged over Sunday night's riot there.
The blanket ban will apply not only to liquor stores but all establishments, from upscale restaurants and bars to more humble convenience stores and hostels.
Any business that flouts the order risks having its licence revoked, said the Liquors Licensing Board.
The announcement comes as the police move to beef up security in the area ahead of the weekend by installing more closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
Employers have also started warning their workers to stay away from the area temporarily.
The alcohol ban extends from 6am on Saturday to 5.59am on Monday - a change from an earlier circular sent out that said the ban would be effective for three days, starting tomorrow.
While jittery Little India residents voiced support for the alcohol ban, businesses were quick to express unhappiness.
"A blanket ban is ridiculous. The authorities should consider what kind of business we are and the customers we attract," said Ms Petrina Loh, chef-owner of Morsels, a restaurant in Mayo Street with a mainly expatriate and local clientele.
The action comes in the wake of Sunday's riot that saw police cars overturned and set ablaze by a mob of 400 angered by a traffic accident, which left a 33-year- old Indian national dead.