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Cops call for calm as New Year looms

Saturday 31 December 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National

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Cops call for calm as New Year looms
Police will be keeping a close eye on liquor outlets during New Year celebrations. POLICE MEDIA/22123028

Police are extending firm reminders to all liquor licenced premises and outlets to stick to the rules and ensure their respective responsibilities are maintained during New Year celebrations.

In a statement, Cook Islands Police said bars, night clubs, restaurants, and hotels are asked to comply with their licencing requirements, including sales to patrons and adherence to legal closing times on New Year's Eve. 

Police said certified managers also need to ensure patrons are cleared from their licenced premises within 30 minutes of closing time. 

“Responsible sales and consumption of alcohol is what Police want to see, as well as sober drivers throughout the weekend festivities,” Police spokesman Trevor Pitt said.

“Officers will be monitoring the celebrations to uphold peace and orderly behaviour, and would appreciate the cooperation of the whole community.  

“The Police service wishes everyone a safe and happy time, welcoming in the New Year.”