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May 4, 2016

Police Clamping Down on Alcohol Supply in the City

Chester Williams

There has been a sustained clampdown of businesses selling liquor after nine p.m. that are not restaurants or nightclubs.  For the past few weeks, the police department has been actively enforcing the shutting down of shops and other establishments that are operating outside of the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Act.  Officers have been briefed by Assistant ComPol Chester Williams to shutter a majority of the Chinese businesses, including shops and convenient stores that are selling alcohol after hours. This succeeds several complaints by grocers and shopkeepers that their businesses are being targeted by police.  Today, Williams told the media that the police department is working closely with the Belize City Council and the Liquor Licensing Board.

 

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“The Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Act is clear as to what are the different types of license that a business establishment can obtain and I have been in dialogue with the Belize City Liquor Licensing Board for the simple fact that we have observed that there are some establishments that are selling liquor under a certain liquor license that do not meet the requirement prescribed by law cause the law, especially where a restaurant is concerned, the law states what a restaurant is. And many of the Chinese fast food across south side Belize City that are selling under a restaurant license do not meet the legal requirement prescribed in the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Act. So we have agreed with the City Council that those establishments that are operating under a restaurant license that does not meet the requirements of a restaurant license; that they will be canceling the restaurant license and reissue a shop license because shop closes at nine, restaurants closes at ten, but the law is clear that the restaurant must be in such a way that it could accommodate at least twenty customers at any given time inside—not on the streets. And you will see that people are always congregating on the streets and no one can even go inside. So how do they get restaurant license. If they revert to shop, the restaurant license I think is seven hundred and fifty dollars a year. The shop license is a thousand a year. So there will be no need for the City Council to reimburse them; in fact they will be the one to owe. But the City Council is not interested in collecting the balance from them.”

 

It is uncertain how long the citywide shutdown will remain in effect.

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1 Response for “Police Clamping Down on Alcohol Supply in the City”

  1. steven says:

    I want to refer to the last comment on this news article “It Is uncertain how long the citywide shutdown will remain in effect”. The answer should be obvious….it should remain in accordance to the LAW…in other words….forever….

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