Operators of 21 Clarke Quay outlets petition against 3am liquor deadline
Operators of 21 Clarke Quay outlets also ask for ban on liquor sales at convenience stores nearby
Nightclubs, pubs and restaurant operators of 21 outlets in Clarke Quay are appealing against the new liquor licensing hours which will take effect in the area on Oct 1.
The new rule bans the sale of alcohol after 3am on Sundays and weekdays, but operators are hoping the police and Liquor Licensing Board will consider a 4am deadline instead.
Currently, tenants with a liquor licence can sell liquor to patrons until 6am.
They also want the authorities to ban convenience stores within a 1km radius of Clarke Quay from selling alcohol, and to designate the Clarke Quay Read Bridge, an area known as a gathering point for youths to loiter and drink alcohol, as a no-alcohol zone.
"3am is too early because people who club normally start at midnight and a shorter party time means they will get drunk faster."
Business development executive Huang Shi Hui, 35, who has partied at Dream and Shanghai Dolly