Drink on the Streets and Face Costly Fines

The people who use to drink alcohol on the streets or public places are now exposed to a fine of up to ¢ 180,000.

This is determined by the new liquor law in effect since Wednesday after being published on Official Gazette.

With the adoption of this standard is prohibited drinking in public and is punishable by a fine of half pay based on who does it (the base salary today is equivalent to ¢ 360,000).

The approved legislation establishing a new legal framework that regulates the licensing for the sale of liquor bans and sanctions and those who engage in that activity.

Article 9. ° prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages on the way and public places, except when performing civic festivals, popular, employers or fairs.

Complemented by Article 20. °, which provides the aforementioned fine as punishment.

This is just one of the new sanctions and regulations including the Law 9047, Regulation and Marketing of alcoholic beverages.

The law also imposes other penalties. The highest punishment to payment of up to ¢ 5.4 million to those who sell liquor to minors and prohibits transfer to others given permission to sell liquor.

The new legislation was passed on 7 June in Congress with the vote of a majority of the deputies, and signed the president, Laura Chinchilla, on 25 June.

However, the law went into effect on Wednesday August 8, when it appeared in the range 109 of the Official Gazette.

The new text gives most powers to the municipalities, which will have more control and authority over liquor sales, and receive more economic benefits from that business.

Now, municipalities may provide new permits or “licenses”, which are classified as the establishment where alcoholic beverages will be sold.

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