2 Nov 2012

Liquor ban for royal visit to PNG: Guinness

2:28 pm on 2 November 2012

A liquor ban is in place in the Papua New Guinea capital as police gear up for tomorrow's arrival of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The metropolitan commander for the National Capital District police says all liquor outlets have been closed and will remain so for the duration of the three-day visit.

Peter Guinness says people in Port Moresby are very excited about seeing the royal couple and the city has been cleaned up.

He says in addition to stopping shops from selling alcohol extra police are on the streets to ensure there is no trouble.

"And we will be talking to the liquor operators as well as looking at people brewing illicit liquors, that message has been taken across to all the communities in Port Moresby."

Peter Guinness says if the liquor outlets do not comply with the ban their licence will be terminated.