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Ban on sale of alcoholic beverages in Panama: Learn details of the new municipal decree

Mar 20, 2024 | News & Articles, Panama | 0 comments

By Saydie M. González

CITY OF PANAMA, PANAMA/The Holy Week in Panama transcends beyond being a religious celebration; it is a moment deeply rooted in the culture and traditions of the people.

Throughout the country, Holy Week is revered with fervor by millions of Panamanians, who engage in various activities that honor the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through Municipal Decree No. 005-2024 of March 6, 2024, which dictates various measures on the occasion of Holy Week in the district of Panama.

In said decree, the suspension of all activities related to the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on March 29, 2024 (Good Friday), from one minute past midnight (12:01 a.m.) until midnight (12:00 a.m.) on Saturday, March 30 is established.

The owners or managers of establishments such as bars, nightclubs, liquor stores, grills, ceviche restaurants, supermarkets, stores, and distributors of alcoholic beverages must refrain from making sales and consumption in their premises during this period. Supermarkets and other establishments that carry out other commercial activities must take the necessary measures to keep the area designated for the sale of alcoholic beverages closed.

Likewise, the closure of bars, nightclubs, liquor stores, grills, and ceviche restaurants is ordered for the same date.

In the district of Panama, the use of jukeboxes, sound systems, and audio equipment, as well as the carrying out of dance activities, karaoke, or concerts accompanied by orchestras, bands, mobile units, or other means of music reproduction, is prohibited on March 29.

This decree authorizes agents of the National Police, Municipal Surveillance, Municipal Inspectors, Justices of the Peace, Night Justices of the Peace, and Compliance Officials to enforce these provisions. Individuals who violate these measures could face fines ranging from $100 to $1,000, which will be applied, as a precaution, by the Mayor and the Night Justices of the Peace.

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