No Sale of Liquor on Good Friday
Historically the sale of alcohol has been prohibited on Good Friday in communities across the country; however, this year will be different. Today, the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, confirmed that certain establishments will sell liquor on Good Friday due to changes to the Intoxicating Liquor License Regulations. He says that while Easter should be a time for spiritual reflection, Belizeans may be pleased with the changes.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I know that one of the biggest questions that lingers in the minds of people, particularly business owners is that liquor license opening hours and yes you would know that the intoxicating liquor licensing regulations was amended recently by an SI signed by the Minister of Local Government. In that SI it repealed the provision that speaks to the fact that liquor establishments are not allowed to be opened on Good Friday. So now businesses that do operate under shop liquor license can be opened from 6AM to 9PM and those establishments that operates under a publican special license can now open from 9AM to 12 midnight and businesses that operate under a nightclub license can open from 10AM to 2AM the following morning and so Good Friday now based on the amendment to the intoxicating liquor licensing regulation is just like an ordinary Friday where the opening hours for liquor establishments is concerned.”