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More nightspots go 24 hours



With effect from Monday 7 Jun 04, about 240 entertainment outlets located at Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, Orchard Road, Chijmes, and East Coast Park will be able to apply for license to operate round the clock.

These additional areas are established entertainment areas and are also not located within public housing estates. Please refer to Annex A to view the maps.

Zouk which is located at Jiak Kim Street will also be eligible for 24 hours operation for an initial period of six months.

Although it is operating on a stand-alone site, the authorities are mindful of the residential housing located in the vicinity and the site is different from a key commercial corridor like Orchard. Thus the need for Police to assess the situation over a period to determine whether Zouk's location is suitable for extended operating hours.

24 hours licensing for entertainment outlets was first introduced in October 2003 and Singapore has since seen outlets in areas such as Marina South, Marina Centre, Shenton Way and Sentosa benefitting from this move.

Licensees who wish to have their public entertainment licence extended to 24 hours will be required to apply in writing through the Public Entertainments Licensing Unit (PELU).

In enforcing our licensing checks, Police will be paying close attention to the issue of noise emissions. Police will take action against operators who do not comply with licensing conditions with regard to implementing noise control measures.

Actions have already been taken against several errant operators along Boat Quay recently for leaving their premises' doors wide open in breach of our licensing conditions.

With more popular local and tourist nightspot and entertainment precincts eligible for 24 hours licensing, Singapore hopes to attract more innovative lifestyle concepts to bring out the island's round the clock offerings.

Operators will also have more leeway to structure their businesses to capitalise on world events like EURO 2004 and special festivities such as New Year Eve's Countdown to benefit their businesses.

Police, URA and STB will continue to work in partnership with the Advisory Panel on Licensing, entertainment outlet operators and stakeholders to make Singapore a vibrant city of round the clock entertainment without compromising the safety and security of the community.

Source: Joint Media Release by Singapore Police Force and Singapore Tourism Board


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