Bars given extra hour for New Year’s Eve celebrations

| 19/11/2009

(CNS):  As is tradition unless New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday, the Liquor Licensing Board Chairman, Mitchell Welds, has confirmed that liquor licensees will be permitted one additional business hour beyond regular closing times, as specified by their licences. Welds said valid liquor licence holders can extend their opening hours for the celebrations but reminded them that the licence stipulations would still be in effect. This year New Years Eve will be on a Thursday night, starting a long weekend break before its back to work for 2010.

“The extension applies to all seven categories of holders but different categories have different closing times,” Welds said. “Liquor sales and the playing of music must cease during the last ten minutes of permitted opening hours and all customers must vacate the premises before closing.”  

For more information, licensees and members of the public may contact Liquor Licensing Board Executive Secretary Marva Scott by calling 946-5446 ext. 5 or emailing

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  1. B. Basher says:

    This is an horrific idea. I really do wish that those we elected would carry out our will and bring back the days of prohibition. Long live Jesus!

  2. anonymous says:

    It’s practically 2010!

    The bars, restaurants, dancehalls all should be allowed to open until at least 2-3am all the time. It seems a waste of resources for Govt. to be meeting about this type of issue.

    As for the reason given by some that sunday is a holy day as the reason to close before midnight sat…this doesn’t make any sence either as the bars re-open at 1pm sun. And what makes even less sence is that it is legal to drink oneself into a drunken stupor on sun eve/night…but no music/dancing?

    I’ve seen tourists in complete disbelief at these laws.

    Come on Cayman…come join 2010…

  3. Anonymous says:

    what about giving bars and clubs an extra hour on saturdays? can you imagine going on vacation somewhere , arriving on a saturday night and then be told you can’t drink or dance after 11.45pm?

    • Anonymous says:

      While free will is the cornerstone of Christianity, in Cayman "free will" means "thou shalt be given no choice".  So because of the law I can’t stay out a little later on a Saturday night in case it gets in the way of my attending a church service the next day to which I have no intention of attending.

      PS I am working today, on a Sunday, please pray for me. 

      • Anonymous says:

         I certainly hope you aren’t in the medical field as you just may kill someone with your sarcasm. 

  4. NSS says:

    It’s been a while since I was on island New Year’s Eve.   This year I  will spend this extra hour at the Driftwoood!

  5. Anonymous says:

    extra hour = extra road deaths

  6. Anonymous says:

    No wonder tourism numbers are in freefall and have been for some time. Cayman’s absurd old fashioned licensing laws stop people from being able to enjoy a full evening out. Cayman’s criminals stop it being safe for them to do so.

    We need to stop letting the church run our government and make the laws. Lets get into the 21st century and appreciate that by allowing tourist and expat bars to open a couple of hours later will lead to increased revenue for the local ecnonomy.

    Yes, make the bars employ security if necessary and hold a curfew for previous violent offenders and the unemployed. This will stop the threat of trouble in the later hours.

    Bilble bashers at the churches don’t pay for all of our affluent lifestyles and the big Caymanian houses, cars, holidays etc. The tourist revenue and financial services sectors pay the bills here so we should be bending over backwards to make the country attractive to them.

    If the god squad don’t want the bars open past midnight, then they don’t have to go there, nobody forces people to go in there.