Authorities have buckled under intense pressure from the business community and have decided to allow bars, night clubs and other places of entertainment to open later than 2 AM during the Christmas Season.
But the 2AM cut-off time will be enforced again from January 2, 2016.
The Private Sector Commisison has previously called for the lifting of the curfew altogether because of the negative impact it has been having on businesses and there is no evidence that drunken driving and road accidents are linked to extended opening hours.
Following is a statement from the Ministry of Public Security:
Consequent upon an inundation of requests from businesses and the general public seeking to fully enjoy the Christmas Season, the Ministry of Public Security wishes to announce that, in conjunction with the Guyana Police Force, it is seeking to relax the enforcement of the 2:00am business deadline for bars, night clubs and other places of entertainment previously announced by the Ministry.
It is a time for celebration and knowing the Guyanese spirit the Minister has seen the need for this relaxation. The period during which the deadline will not be in effect is from December 23, 2015 – January 1, 2015.
As of January 2, 2016, the aforementioned stipulated closing time will be back on stream.
The Ministry takes this opportunity to wish the citizens of Guyana Happy Holidays and to urge you to be particularly safety conscious during this busy season, especially on the roadways.