Friday, 23 September 2011

Police union criticises extended opening hours for bars

Local Police on patrol (Europa Sur)
TARIFA (Agencies) The union representing Local Police in Tarifa, UPLT, sent a letter to Mayor Juan Andrés Gil in which it says that municipal permission to extend local bars' opening hours should apply only to specific days and/or dates, not the whole summer. Their opinion is that this practice creates what it calls 'tourism of chaos'. It has also brought about numerous complaints from neighbours. Before the hours were extended, bars with music licences could remain open until 3am from Monday to Thursday, and until 4am on Friday and Saturday; the new ordinance allowed for an extra hour on weekdays, that is, until 4am every day. Thanks to the new hours, discotheques can now stay open until 7am. The union says that the law states that special permission for opening hours applies only to spacial occasions, such as ferias or holidays.

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