By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan says he will be making no move to suspend or revoke the 2:00 am curfew and if anything, he may just bring it forward.
Ramjattan was at the time responding to a call by the Private Sector Commission (PSC) for ‘Ramjattan’s decree’ to be revoked.
The PSC earlier noted that it has observed and received reports from its members that the enforcement of the 2:00 am closure for bars and night clubs is having a significant negative impact on businesses within the entertainment industry.
“It will not be done – It’s 2’ O clock, I might very well bring it forward to 12,” said Vice President Ramjattan, in response to the PSC’s call. He referenced the fact that police statistics show that almost half of the road deaths in Guyana are caused by persons imbibing alcohol.
“Didn’t you hear today what drinking is causing and how many deaths it’s causing? You bother with them private sector people,” he stated.
This is not the first time that Ramjattan has refused to review the enforcement of the archaic law. In August, he was asked about the repealing of the policy and he retorted that there is a correlation between heavy drinking at 2AM and after as it relates to violent crimes and domestic violence.
“It is very much correlated; heavy drinking with violence, abuse of women and so on and I am not going to change that. The law is…it must be at 12’ O clock. It’s only the high ranking hotels and so on that can go until 2 in the morning…And if there’s any change that I’m going to make quite frankly, this administration, well at least my Ministerial-ship would like to bring it forward to 12’o clock,” Ramjattan said.
“It is also our concern that this could have a long term negative impact on our developing Tourism Industry. There has been no definitive study on the social impact of the later closure on crime and accidents and this tends to be notional,” the PSC noted in the press statement.
The PSC further noted, “In addition, with the upcoming Christmas holidays, we are recommending the extension and relaxation of the 2:00 am edict to facilitate our visitors for Christmas and into the New Year. This is especially so, as we seek to mark the 50th Anniversary of our Independence in 2016.”