Police to enforcenightspot closing times

Stabroek News
November 20, 2002

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Police are looking to ensure that nightspots adhere to opening and closing times as set out by law.

This move was brought up during a meeting between the police top brass and a delegation from the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) headed by its President Edward Boyer.

In a release on Friday it was said that the issue of tighter regulation of opening and closing hours for clubs is being contemplated as a measure to arrest the crime situation. Many nightspots stay open long past the mandatory closing time.

Police Public Relations Officer David Ramnarine said the move is intended as a wake-up call to operators of these establishments who themselves should be aware of the rules as prescribed in their operating licences.

These establishments according to Ramnarine had been allowed the liberty of functioning beyond stipulated times as set out in regulations under which they are allowed to operate.

Stabroek News understands that clubs are required to close by 1 a.m. each morning excluding Saturday night when they are allowed to open until 2 a.m.

Further, licences stipulate the level at which music is to be played so that it is not an annoyance to others.

Attendance at several popular nightspots has been severely affected by the crime wave as patrons opt to stay home.

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