BAR-TOP dancing and pubs that never close are soon coming to town.
The police announced on Tuesday that they plan to allow bar-top dancing and the extension of the opening hours of some nightspots to 24 hours.
Pubs which are not near residential areas will be eligible for the 24-hour permit.
Currently, bars near residential areas must close by 1am or 2am while those in non-residential areas can remain open till 3am.
This announcement follows recommendations made by the Advisory Panel on Licensing, a body under the National Crime Prevention Council.
Jane Furness-Echaluce, owner of Insomnia at Chijmes and three pubs in Hong Kong which operate 24 hours, said: “In Hong Kong, our revenues would be an extra 20% between 3am and 5am.”
However, the Mohamed Sultan Road pub stretch is not likely to be given the green light, given the complaints of residents nearby.
The police are expected to work out the changes in the laws by next month. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network
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