[www.inewsguyana.com] – Clairmont Cummings, the owner of Gravity Lounge and Nightclub has expressed his disapproval with a proposal by the Public Security Minister for there to be a 2:00AM curfew for bars and nightclubs in Guyana.
Already, promoters and other stakeholders in the entertainment sector have condemned the proposal saying that it is “foolishness”.
While most stakeholders have condemned the proposal behind the veil of anonymity; Cummings took to social media to publicly repudiate the proposal.
It should be noted that the proposal is actually an extension to current legal curfews which dictate that nightclubs should be closed at 22:30hrs on week days and 23:00hrs on weekends.
Cummings noted that one of the central problems with this policy is that it assumes that nightclubs and alcohol are at the root of Guyana’s crime problems thereby ignoring more structural and systemic issues that play a more significant role in alleviating the scourge of lawlessness and crime.
According Cummings, instead of imposing a curfew, the government should seek to bolster the police presence in the streets and look at new strategies of crime fighting.
“Imposing a curfew is a weak approach to tackling the root of issues that negatively affect social order in Guyana -because what is needed in Guyana is a strengthened police presence, empowerment programs for young people, inclusionary strategies that teach responsibilities of adulthood, education as a means towards higher social mobility, and most importantly a strengthened judiciary,” the nightclub proprietor stated.
He noted too that instead of reducing crime, the imposition of a curfew may have other ripple effects that would not bode well for Guyana’s moral fabric.
“The reality is that in many cases curfews have proven to increase binge drinking and the development of underground and unregulated bars, often referred to as ‘after-hours clubs”. These clubs are often located in people’s homes or in dives which are proven to be more difficult to police. Additionally, the rise in these types of unregulated social spaces puts nightlife seekers, particularly young women and tourists at a more vulnerable risk. There is absolutely no correlation between last call and crime reduction,” Cummings asserted.
He pointed out that in Canada, Montreal’s last call was extended to 5:30AM noting that Montreal is one of the safest cities in the world and increased crime has not ensued as a result of this extension.