The Belize Police Department continues to crack down on bars and other establishments that sell liquor. On Tuesday Night an operation was launched at the Eruption Nightclub in Ladyville. During the inspection no liquor license was displayed and could not be produced by the proprietors. As a result, the club was shut down and all liquor were confiscated. Police Commissioner Chester Williams explained what exactly happened.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Tuesday night we had launched an operation at a nightclub in Ladyville ,I think it’s Eruption Nightclub, and upon the police officer’s inspection there was no license displayed as is required by law and so the proprietors were asked to produce their license and they could not produce one. As a result of that the proprietors were taken into custody and all the liquor that was on the premises were removed as we had intended to charge them for operating a liquor establishment without a license. However, yesterday a receipt emerged and a letter from the Liquor Licensing Board indicating that they had paid for the license since January of this year and that there was some issue with some printer and the licence could not have been printed hence the reason according to the liquor licensing board the people could not produce a license. Based on that the receipt produced and the letter we have since released the proprietors and returned the alcohol to them.”
While the liquor situation was cleared up there is now an issue with the safety features of the night club. The club apparently has one entrance which is also the exit. Police Commissioner says this has brought into questioning the assessment by the Fire Department.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “But again I have a serious issue with that nightclub because the law is that in order to operate these types of business there ought to be reports from the Public Health, the Police and the Fire and one of the key things that the Fire Department looked at is the entry and exit and a place such a night club by law should have an entry separate from an exit. The night club in question has one way in and one way out so I cannot understand how they could have passed the fire inspection. If there were to be some major occurrences in that night club it will be a travesty, it will be mayhem, many people will perish. The objective will be to either have them operate in accordance with the law or they close down.”
COMPOL Williams had indicated from the time he took office that he would be cracking down on these sorts of establishment as he believes that the sale and consumption of liquor are contributing factors to a deteriorating society.