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Oct 14, 2020

$2000 Fine for Persons Selling Liquor/Public Drinking on Election Day

Marco Vidal

The consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited on Election Day and the police department is not taking any chances with public drinking.  As you know, on Election Day, businesses are not allowed to sell any type of liquor until polling stations are closed. Earlier this year, the prime minister presented in the House an amendment to the law that extended the time to midnight.  ACP Vidal says that the fine will be two thousand dollars for those caught in violation.


ACP Marco Vidal, Commander of Operations, Belize Police Department

“There is an amendment currently, of 2020, that deals with the drinking aspect of it and it will be closed until after midnight as opposed to after polling stations close. So that will be too. And we have public drinking that will be dealt with if it is that there are any violations. So that’s how it is going to be dealt with. And there is a fine for that which is two thousand dollars as oppose to two hundred and fifty dollars. So it is going to be a bit hefty. We are hoping that people will understand and will be cooperating along with us to ensure that these things are adhered to and they actually occur.”


Charges will be levelled against all those who are in violation of quarantine regulations.

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