Tuesday, 15 November 2011 8:02 AM

Liquor Ban Made Effective

The Solomon Islands Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Maelanga has again gazetted a liqour and alcohol ban effective today to 8am Sunday, 20th of November.

The notice was issued yesterday revoking the Legal Notice of 11th November.

The Minister says no liquor shall be sold or supplied from all retail premises or public bars within that premises, including licensed clubs or bottle shops, within Honiara City, including the areas of Guadalcanal Province within two kilometres from the boundaries of Honiara City.

He says no liquor purchased or supplied from any licensed premises outside the prohibited area shall be brought into the prohibited area.

The Home Affairs Minister says any person who breaks the rule commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding two-thousand penalty points or to imprisonment not exceeding six months.

The banning on sale by retail or supply of liquor does not apply to sale or supply of liquor by a hotel to its bona fide guests accommodated at the hotel or at the restaurant.

This notice is made in light of any possible threat which may arise, during the election of the Prime Minister on Wednesday.