SINGAPORE: Those who have applied for a barbeque permit from the National Parks Board (NParks) in national parks will be allowed to consume alcohol after 10.30pm, even after the new liquor laws take effect on Wednesday (Apr 1), the authorities clarified on Tuesday.
In a set of frequently-asked-questions on the new rules posted on the Ministry of Home Affairs website, the police said a separate consumption permit was not needed for those who have a valid barbeque permit. “Consumption of liquor is allowed during the duration of the validity of the barbeque permit,” they said.
According to information on the NParks website, those who have booked a barbeque pit can use it from 12pm on the day of the permit to 4am the following day. Parks that have barbecue pits for booking are Changi Beach Park, East Coast Park, Labrador Nature Reserve, Pasir Ris Park, Punggol Park, Sembawang Park and West Coast Park.
For events held in public places, organisers of these events may apply for a consumption permit from the police if they involve the consumption of liquor during the restricted hours. But consumption permits are not needed for events organised by the Government, as well as events organised by statutory boards for a public purpose.
The Liquor Control Act was passed in Parliament in January to regulate the supply and consumption of liquor in public places, and minimise public disorder and disamenities arising from drinking in public.
Under the Act, retail sale of take-away alcohol and public drinking will not be allowed from 10.30pm to 7am every day. Alcohol can still be consumed within licensed premises such as restaurants, coffee shops or bars, in accordance with the hours stipulated in their respective licences.
Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean has also ordered the declaration of Geylang and Little India as Liquor Control Zones (LCZs) with effect from Apr 1. Within the LCZs, additional restriction for consumption of liquor in public places will be imposed for weekends and public holidays. Public drinking will not be allowed in these zones from 7am on Saturdays to 7am the following Monday, and from 7pm of the eve of a public holiday to 7am the day after the public holiday.
Retail sale of take-away liquor in these zones will also start earlier on weekends and public holidays. Retail stores in these zones cannot sell alcohol from 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and eves of public holidays. Offences committed within these zones will result in a penalty of one and a half times that in non-designated areas.