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Sep 9, 2015

Police Lay Down the Law on Public Drinking this September

Chester Williams

September time is party time in Belize, and party time means drinking – at home, house parties, clubs, and most certainly in public. Now public drinking is prohibited, and recently that has been strictly enforced by Police. But don’t panic just yet. Senior Superintendent Chester Williams says they’re willing to give public drinkers a pass for the celebrations, with conditions, of course.


Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“Section forty-four of the Intoxicated Liquor License Act clearly states that drinking in public is prohibited, but it also makes exceptions where drinking in public can be allowed, and one of those exceptions is in times of celebration, of which the September celebrations would fall within that category. We have three major parades – the 10th Parade, the Carnival parade and we also have the Independence Day Parade. So when we read the legislation it is stating that when you drink in public it must be in one of three containers – either in a plastic cup, a paper cup or a Styrofoam cup. If you do that in public you would be within the confines of the law. The law then went on and states that if you consume alcohol in public on these occasions, and it is in any glass bottle or cans then you would be in breach of the law. If it is in any of those containers you will be in breach of the law. We are aware that in these days of parade, people would normally gather on the street corner with their iceboxes and they drink. We are simply telling people that doing that, you would not be wrong. But if you do it in a certain way, you are wrong and you could be prosecuted for public drinking.”

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