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Operating hours for alcohol sales changed again

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – Only two of the 48 registered night clubs in Playa del Carmen have been sanctioned for not respecting the new operating hours.

Leslie Jenifer Pérez Ceballos, Director of Taxation and Collection in Solidarity said that of these 48, just over half have approached the authorities to regularize. “Most of them are already regularized in that they have already provided their documentation. We have approximately 30, but we have many who are being regularized because they are not in the register,” she added.

In the first quarter of this year, municipality officials in both Benitz Juarez and Solidaridad set new closing times for nightclub and restaurant establishments. The new hours included a last call for alcoholic beverages at 2:00 a.m. in urban zones and 3:00 a.m. in tourist areas.

However since then, more than a hundred restaurant and nightclub workers have protested outside the Municipal Palace claiming their wages have been cut in half due to the new time restrictions. Municipal authorities have reached another new agreement with the nightclubs stating that the sale of alcohol (last call) will now be at 3:00 a.m. in the urban zones and 4:00 a.m. for the tourist zone.

Pérez Ceballos reported that according to the negotiations with this sector, it’s possible that in the urban zones, the timetable for the sale of alcoholic beverages could be extended one hour more to match those in the hotel zone.

“There is the possibility of extending the sales schedule until four in the morning,” she concluded.

The time restrictions were initially put into place to help ease the amount of night time crime in downtown Playa del Carmen.