Curfew now @ 10:00 pm where will it end?

Anastacio

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I can't see them reducing the hours of the Colmados, and the same about drinking, just won't happen IMO. All this will end up doing is causing more under the table pay offs to stay open late, causing more problems trying to regulate the rest. Drinking on the street is part and parcel of Dominican life, dominos in the street with several bottle of brugal is the only thing that gives some of the old codgers something to live for. I can't imagine the police trying to kart off a group of 80 year old men for doing something they have done forever, would cause a riot.
 

suarezn

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It will end when they can put up a curfew as early as 8:00 PM so they can do their drug trafficking without anyone disturbing them...what a bunch of hypocrites .
 
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RacerX

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They should outlaw dominoes and promote hopscotch. Image that, a bunch of drunk old fools getting some exercise in the middle of the night, while the merengue is till blasting on the 1000Watt system
 

suarezn

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sweetdbt

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I'm not fluent in Spanish, but if I'm reading it correctly, it's nothing more than a proposal at this point. It also appears that the ban on drinking outside would only be within 300 meters of schools, churches and hospitals.
 
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Yes it is a proposal, but like the old one they will make it happen. Drinking will be forbidden in all public places including parks avenues etc.

if i understand this right this will also be implementedfor fiestas patronales and other Public events.

de los ayuntamientos municipales respectivos fijar horarios para la celebraci?n de eventos, patronales, ferias y otros similares en las ?reas de dominio p?blico, sin consumo ni expendio de bebidas alcoh?licas
Please correct me if i am wrong.Who will go to a patronales then?
 

amparocorp

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great! i love it. only because when i, as a cigarette smoker, am constantly getting another tax added, getting kicked out of buildings, treated as a social outcast, that is OK with you sheep and no one complained. so now it's booze and you are horrified. what goes around comes around, what's the next freedom to go? i say no more dogs on public property, streets, sidewalks, any public areas. your dogs must be on your own fenced property only. the justification being the enormous cost, billions, spent by the govt. on feces removal, the billions spent on healthcare for those who suffer allergies and do not have insurance.
 
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I am horrified because freedom goes away step by step.

How to fight the criminal acts? let's have a law which prohibits to go out of the house after 08:00 pm

One question to the board: Do you think it is just a morado thing or will it go away with a blanco President?
 

suarezn

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Amparo: Not to make this a smoke vs. alcohol thing (you can call me a hypocrite if you wish), but the issue I have with smokers is that they usually affect everyone else around them and are typically very disrespectful about considering these people. Example a smoker sits at a bar and no one else is smoking, yet they light up (normally don't even ask if you mind) and start blowing smoke up into the air (sometimes in an enclosed space), now tens of people are getting affected by just that one person. A person drinking a beer or any other alcohol is not usually affecting everyone else around them...

I'm so glad Michigan finally passed a smoking ban in restaurants and bars. Now you can actually go and have a nice time without coming out smelling like tobacco smoke.

The problem I have withe the curfew as I have stated before is not even about drinking, but the fact that these morally bankrupt PLD douche bags want to impose something to make it seem like they're actually doing something about crime when they are the first ones to allow it to happen as well as participate. We all know that alcohol has nothing to do with the crime rate in The DR. People have been drinking heave duty alcohol forever without any "supervision" in The DR and the crime rate was very low until drugs got introduced and allowed to be distributed all over the place, by these same people who now want to impose these measures.
 

greydread

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The part about not selling booze within 300 meters of schools will be enforced causing some inconvenience but by and large this law will go the way of the midnite nationwide booze curfew. I know where to get drinks at 2:30am on Thursday in Santo Domingo and so does everybody else.

This is not legislation designed to stop a behaviour, it's a legistation to curb a behaviour as well as help out La Policia with the "widows and orphans' fund". I doubt they'll put anyone in jail for 2 years over a Presidente.....unless they refuse to offer a "propina".
 

tjmurray

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It amazes me that there are so many so called "laws" in this country that are not followed or enforced. Sometimes it frustrates you and sometimes you enjoy the freedom. More freedom is one of the big reasons I live here.

Now, they take something so innate to all Dominicans, partying, and stick a law on top of it. Monday-Friday bars and clubs till 12am and weekends till 2am. Unfortunately, this law is enforced. And the "extension" some bars get till 3am is another word for "pay off" to the local police captain.

Earlier someone mentioned they know where to go after 2am to get drinks; so does everyone else. But at 2am, when the party is getting good, you don't feel like finding the few late spots in a casino or hotel. Nightlife in Santo Domingo, for example, has turned into this huge coordination of time because you have to know when certain places close and check your watch to see if it's worth the trip. Before this stupid freakin law, you just went out and had a great time: no coordination, no worries.

I know several people who have no desire to come back to the Dominican Republic because of our liquor law. Can you imagine some tourist from Wisconsin having a great time on Avenida Venezuela in Santo Domingo and then the DJ says: Ok, 2 am, bar's closed. Or worse, some cops comes to them in a plaza and says they can't drink in public. Tourists from developed countries deal with these limitations in their hometowns, they don't expect to deal with them on a small Caribbean island on vacation.

This is another opportunity for the police to get more bribe money and it is another ass backwards move to reduce tourism to this country.
 
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AlterEgo

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Hmm Public places what about the beaches?
A beach is a public place so if the law applies to public places it should apply to beaches.
Last paragraph of article says "Destaca que el l?mite de los horarios no aplica para locales y centros tur?sticos habilitados y certificados por el Ministerio de Interior y Polic?a. " - The way I read that, it will not apply to tourist areas - and to me that means most of DR's beaches.

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trabajadora

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The good old days

Since I don't live in the DR anymore, I don't often post but I'm always checking out the site. I recall the days long before I ever moved there, when I'd come down on vacations; one of the biggest attractions for me was the fact that I could party, if I wanted, until dawn or after. Not long after I moved there is when the law was first changed. I, too, didn't think it would stick. It was crazy to me because I knew what that meant for tourists who were like me..... loving not being on some schedule as to when I needed to get my partying started 'cause I knew I had a lot of hours before I had to call it a night. And not to mention those living there for years (or their whole lives) who were used to such freedom.

But to my surprise, the new law stuck and now it's about to get even more strict. I'm sure, if passed, this law is going to have a huge affect on business.