Fabian Demicoli

GRTU discusses possibility of extension on entertainment license

 GRTU Deputy
President Philip Fenech attended a meeting with the Ministry of Economy,
Investment and Small Business Communications Coordinator Jonathan Attard, other
Ministry officials and the Paceville Committee to discuss the extension of
trading hours for nightlife after 4 am for establishments that are sound
proof.  

During
this meeting Philip Fenech explained that some years back this extension
existed but it was stopped due to the fact that the authorities felt that there
should not be a no-limit culture that could increase the possibility of alcohol
abuse or other relative crime. However amongst the stakeholders present it was
a common understanding that abuse could occur at any hour.

Today's work dynamic has
changed. This has consequently affected the pattern of recreation hours. These
patterns have shown that a lot of people start their night at 1 am which will
only give 3 hours of trade that in some cases is not considered sustainable. Mr
Fenech also explained that there were other businesses with different trading
dynamics and having their licenses extended is not in their interest. Thus it
is clear that at the moment stakeholders both agree and disagree with this
extension. This extension has also peeked interest of open air establishments
that have a license to play amplified music as they conform with the
requirement of being 400 metres away from
inhabitants.    

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