Tourism Sector Asks to be Excluded from Dry Law

Because the Costa Rican Assembly is discussing a bill that seeks to give municipalities the power to declare a dry law in their jurisdiction due to a national emergency, hotels, restaurants and tourist establishments are asking to be exempted from the rule.

Friday, July 17, 2020

The Legislative Plenary approved in first debate the file 21,281 Law to restrict the commercialization of drinks with alcohol content in sports activities and shows, this after the initiative had to be taken back to first debate to amend some details that the deputies considered necessary, informed the Assembly on July 16.

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Faced with the possible reform that would give municipalities the power to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages, the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) and the Costa Rican Chamber of Hoteliers (CCH), ask to be excluded from these measures.

Rubén Ancon, president of Canatur, told Crhoy.com that they are calling for "... tourist establishments, such as hotels and restaurants, to be exempted from this prohibition which has a negative impact on the presentation of our services, by limiting the consumption expectations that tourists have. We appeal to them to agree on some exceptions for areas or tourist establishments."

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Javier Pacheco, president of the CCH, explained that "... The hotels and restaurants have protocols and we are complying with them, today we are working at only 50% of the capacity, respecting the distance, using the hygiene measures, using the sanitary protection equipment, avoiding the crowds and operating with limited service schedules."

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