Malta cracks down on alcohol sales at entertainment venues

 Alcohol will be allowed to be served at all-ages concerts in Malta as long as serving bars prevent minors from accessing them and a bank guarantee is provided up to €50,000. These are two conditions that must be followed if entertainment venues want to serve alcohol at concerts.

The regulations were amended after NNG Promotions organized a James Blunt show in April and were told they couldn’t serve alcohol at the venue, the Valletta Waterfront, during the event because it was an all-ages show with minors under the age of 17 in attendance.

The new legal notice means that alcohol can now be served as long as specific conditions are strictly adhered to. One of the rules states that drinks can only be sold and served in a separate physical area of the entertainment venue which has the approval of the Police Commissioner. This is to easier deny access to those who aren’t of legal drinking age.

In addition, police will have the power to order organizers to follow any conditions they propose to make sure that minors aren’t able to purchase tobacco and alcohol during events. The venues’ management will also have to hand over up to €50,000 in the way of a bank guarantee to make sure that the laws and police orders are properly obeyed.

The new regulations were originally drawn up to better control dance parties and raves, but musical concerts were also added to the law with the addition of the words “places of entertainment and concert venues” .

In the past, the police had the power to refuse permits for any event in which the character of the applicants, disc jockeys, or proprietors meant that there could be possible substance abuse during the events. The new laws now include performing artists in this list.

This basically gives police the power to approve or deny the performance of any proposed artists. For instance, the recent show by American performer Snoop Dogg at the Isle of MTV could have been banned due to his several drug-related convictions. The Police Commissioner will have the final say on these matters in the future.

The legal notice also announced that fines would be levied to people who break the law. Patrons of events can be fined between €60 and €120 for the first offence and any subsequent convictions will result in a fine between €120 and €250. Event organizers can be fined between €500 and €1,000 for a first conviction and any subsequent ones will result in a fine between €1,200 and €2,500.

0 July 8, 2011 By Stephan in News Tags: , ,

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