Saturday, May 25, 2024

Liquor License

COVID-19 regulations continue to restrict Publican’s Special liquor licenses

Another year is winding down, and stakeholders in San Pedro Town are again renewing trade licenses, permits, and liquor licenses. Most liquor licenses are renewable, such as Restaurant, Beer, Malt, Publican's General, and Shop. However, the Publican's Special is not yet available due to the current Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 136 of the COVID-19 regulations. This license applies to bars, which are not permitted to open under the current SI.

Town Council tells businesses recently granted restaurant liquor license to close until properly vetted

Under the current Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 136 of 2020 Quarantine (prevention of the Spread of Infectious Disease) (COVID-19) Regulations, only establishments that serve food can be open, and alcohol consumption is only allowed if customers are having a meal. On the island, many restaurants and bars have operated under one Publican Special license. It now seems that this liquor license only applies to bars, which are not allowed to open under the current SI. For businesses that operate both as a bar and restaurant but are now limited to function solely as a restaurant, the San Pedro Town Council now requires them to obtain a Restaurant liquor license. Many on the island have recently received the necessary license and are conducting business like a restaurant that only serves alcohol with a meal. Following a meeting on Tuesday, October 27th between members of the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) and representatives of the local health authority, licensing board, and police department, it was agreed that establishments who recently obtained a Restaurant license, but were not inspected by the required health and safety officials, should be closed until Monday, November 2, 2020. According to the Mayor, once they are approved, they can reopen. The inspection will focus on ensuring that applicants have the adequate facilities required for a full-service kitchen. 

Beach Restaurant operating without permits in San Pedro Town

The restaurant was apparently shut down in December 2018 by The San Pedro Town Council, with police assistance, as it did not have the required permits. However, it is alleged that after the intervention of Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia Jr., the business was re-opened.

Notices from the San Pedro Town Council

San Pedro Town Council makes never notice for the betterment of the island.

Rose’s Bar and Grill in Caye Caulker denied liquor license over a street side grill

The Caye Caulker Village Council has indicated that the only way they will allow Rose’s Grill & Bar to get a liquor license is if he relocates his grill.

Mayor Daniel Guerrero takes more initiative in battling crime

Sagging discouraged – Shops & Restaurants closing at 10pm It has come to a point that residents on Ambergris Caye, along with its Town Council...

SP Police Enforce Alcohol Law on Good Friday

ASP Vienie Robinson made good on her word to enforce the alcohol law on Good Friday, asking businesses holding liquor licenses to close.

No Alcohol to be sold on Good Friday!

The Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Formation has stated that the police will be in full force enforcing the law