TEN-DAY LIQUOR BAN IN PNG’S NATIONAL CAPITAL DISTRICT

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By Lucy Kapi

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 24, 1999 – The National)---There will be a 10-day restriction on the sale and consumption of liquor in the nation's capital starting from Christmas Day, December 25, acting City Administrator Jamie Maxtone-Graham announced yesterday.

Mr. Graham said the ban will remain in effect between December 25 and Monday, January 3, 2000 and during that period there will be no takeaway liquor sales.

He said the purpose of this ban was to ensure that residents enjoyed the festive season in a peaceful and friendly manner. People should not use the festive season as an excuse to cause trouble, he added.

Mr. Graham said the categories of licensed premises that will be affected are bottle shops, stores, taverns, public bars (including ones at publicans and limited hotels), and dealers.

However, he said normal services will be available in restaurants and clubs where members take liquor as part of their meals.

"Officials from the NCDC and NCD police will be closely monitoring these restrictions during these days," he said, adding that those found violating these restrictions will be penalized, including having their licenses terminated during the 2000 licensing period.

Mr. Graham also called on residents to show respect for public property, and observe the littering law during this festive period.

He gave an assurance that the Commission's rubbish collection services will continue during the holidays for the benefit of the ratepayers.

Mr. Graham also announced the establishment of a 24-hour operations telephone hotline, which the public can use to call City Hall any time of the day or night to report complaints.

The hotline numbers are: 324 0700 (daytime) and 324 0778 or 324 0760 (night).

The National

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