San Pedro Liquor License Board discusses license regulations
Hundreds of business owners attended the annual Liquor Licensing Board meeting at the San Pedro Lions Den on Monday, January 6th to renew their liquor licenses. For many, it was a swift routine renewal, while others were notified about certain regulations, they must adhere to in order to enjoy the privilege of having a liquor license.
One of the issues brought up to the liquor board were reports of grocery store/shops selling alcohol after 9PM, when they are supposed to be closed. The Substantive Laws of Belize Chapter 287, under the ‘Shops’ section, states that ‘no shops shall be open for the serving of customers except between the house of six o’clock in the morning and nine o’clock in the evening on any one day.’ Another complaint is the alleged drinking that takes place outside of these shops, which again, is not permitted under the law. The island liquor board addressed this issue, stating it has been agreed upon that all shops will abide by the laws and close by 9PM. Those shops wanting to stay open beyond this time will need to adhere to the liquor and police laws. They also indicated that certain shops could stay open after 9PM and sell alcohol under a Convenience Store License. No consumption of alcohol outside of shops is permitted and the liquor board said that they will be exercising more checks and ensuring that businesses are adhering to these laws. They claim to have the full support of the San Pedro Police formation, which is said to be assisting with a ground patrol strategy.Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun