The liquor ban in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville has been extended to the 24th of April 2020.
The Bougainville Executive Council made this decision today following public outcry from local communities across Bougainville for a total liquor ban in during the aftermath of the referendum.
The acting Chief Secretary to the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Thomas Raivet, issued a circular today to all Bougainville Public Servants notifying of this extension.
“Public servants are hereby called forth to support the Bougainville Police Service in re-enforcing the alcohol restrictions so that all Bougainvilleans can truly appreciate peace this Christmas,” he said.
As observed before, only licensed hotels, guesthouses and restaurants are allowed to serve liquor for their guests only.
The Bougainville Police Service has been directed to maintain surveillance on all affected liquor shops including any ‘black market’ outlets across Bougainville.
A public call has also been made to get community support to enforce law and order to promote unity and social cohesion into 2020.
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