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Bougainville goes through liquor ban until after Easter 2020.
In a statement released this week from the acting Chief Secretary Thomas Raivet the Bougainville Executive Council on Monday morning approved the extension of alcohol restriction.
The extension for about four months is a result “popular outcry from the Bougainville public and different sectors from the community for a total liquor ban in the region.”
“The alcohol restriction which includes home-brew is now in force until the 24th April, 2020,” the statement said.
Licensed hotels, guest houses and restaurants are exempted from the ban and are limited to serving drinks to their guests only.
Bougainville Police Service has now been directed to maintain surveillance on the affected shops and black market outlets while an appeal has been put out to communities for support in enforcing law and order.
The statement says there must be promotion of unity and societal cohesion heading into 2020.
Public servants in Bougainville have been called to support Bougainville Police Service enforce restrictions on alcohol during Christmas, New Year and well into the first quarter of 2020.