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April 18, 2014
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Alcohol to be sold ONLY
with meals on Good Friday
The San Pedro Police Department will once again be enforcing a dry Good Friday. No stores, supermarkets or bars are allowed to sell alcoholic beverages from Thursday, April 17th at 12 midnight to Friday, April 18th at 12 midnight. Hotels and restaurants will be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages with meals to bonafide customers only.
According to Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Department Luis Castellanos, both mobile and foot police patrols will be dispatched throughout the island to ensure liquor stores and bars are closed and stores are not selling liquor or beer. Through the course of the day, random police spot checks will be held at establishments to prevent liquor being sold under the counter. “I will personally be out on Good Friday. It is time for San Pedro to start respecting the laws of Belize, and the law states that no liquor, alcohol or beers should be sold on revered days, such as Good Friday and Christmas Day,” said Castellanos.
Stores that do not abide by the law will be closed immediately. Persons caught drinking in public areas or illegally selling alcoholic beverages will be arrested and detained until they appear before the court on Tuesday, April 22nd.
In an interview with The San Pedro Sun, Mayor Daniel Guerrero stated that the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) is in full support of the no alcohol ordinance on Good Friday. Guerrero warns establishments that the selling of alcoholic beverages on Good Friday can result in the suspension or termination of their liquor license.
The Intoxication Liquor Licensing Act Chapter 150 of the Laws of Belize section 27 states:
(1) All licensed premises in which liquor is sold under a publican’s general license shall be closed- (a) on Christmas Day and Good Friday
(2) All licensed premises in which liquor is sold under a malt liquor and cider license shall be closed- (a) on Christmas Day and Good Friday;
(3) Any person who during the times at which any licensed premises are required by this section to be closed- (a) sells or exposes for sale in such premises any liquor; or (b) opens or keeps open such premises for the sale of liquor; or (c) allows any liquor, although purchased before the hours of closing, to be consumed on such premises, is guilty of an offence and is liable for a first offence to a fine not exceeding fifty dollars, and for any subsequent offence to a fine not exceeding one hundred.
Two years ago, former Officer in Charge of Police Viennie Robinson took it upon herself to implement this law, but was faced with criticism from business owners and public officials. Castellanos has stated that he will continue to enforce this law and that no one is above it. The SPTC is fully supporting the police and absolutely no alcoholic beverages will be sold on Good Friday by stores and bars.
SPTC Checks Street Work
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nuñez, Councilors Kenrick Brackett and Carlos Barrientos headed out to Escalante Sub-Division and the D.F.C. area to check out the streets where the machinery from Ministry of Works had been working on these past few days.
They also worked on the Boca del Rio Area, San Juan and some parts of North Ambergris Caye. The San Pedro Town Council would like to thank Hon. Manuel Heredia for his assistance in acquiring the help from the Ministry of Works as well as in the purchase of a few barges of hardcore material.
Canada issues a travel
advisory against Belize
A United Nations report recently released has placed Belize as the third most dangerous country in the world and that dubious distinction might be having some effect. So far this year, there have been twenty-eight murders as a crime wave sweeps across the country. To many, Belize is the perfect tourism destination, but the grim statistic about the insecurity and violence is prompting reaction by governments. Today, the Canadian government issued a travel advisory to its citizens planning to visit the jewel. According to the Canadian government, “criminal activity, including armed robbery, mugging and sexual assault, is a significant problem throughout Belize. Robberies and assaults have been reported in resort areas. There has been a noted increase in violent crime targeting tourists since the end of 2013.” The advisory also warns Canadians to be careful near the western border with Guatemala where armed robberies occasionally occur. It further states that cases of sexual assault against female travelers have been reported. In respect of travel within Belize, the alert says that roads are often poorly maintained and lit and that Canadians should be careful crossing bridges on the Hummingbird and Southern Highways. The alert extends to travel by sea because passenger boats are deemed unsafe and so are public buses and taxis. All in all, it’s not good news for visitors planning a trip to Belize.
Closing days of the
Embassy of Mexico
The Mexican Embassy’s offices in Belmopan and Belize City will suspend activities from Friday 18 to Monday 21 April 2014. The activities will resume on Tuesday 22 April.
In case of emergency, Mexican nationals can request consular assistance or protection at the telephone number: + (501) 602-8677
Belizeans are reminded that they do not require visa to visit Mexico. They only need to present a valid Belizean passport and fill out the immigration form called “Forma Migratoria Múltiple” (FMM). It can be obtained at any Mexican border or at any airport.
Belizeans can also enter Mexico using a border card called “regional visitor’s card” (TVR), which entitles its holder to visit up to three (3) consecutive days the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, which includes cities such as Chetumal, Bacalar, Mahahual, Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cancun, as well as the Mexican states of Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas.
Nationals of other countries should contact the Mexican Embassy to inquire if a visa is required to visit Mexico.
For more information, please contact the Mexican Embassy’s Consular Section at 223-0193 or 223-0194, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm or write to email@example.com
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