No more 24-hour bars and night clubs in Panama

AP News
Posted: Nov 10, 2011 9:16 PM
No more 24-hour bars and night clubs in Panama

The Panamanian government has put an end to round-the-clock partying at bars and night clubs. It says that will help reduce street brawls, car accidents and domestic violence.

A law that took effect Thursday means bars, cantinas, night clubs and events halls can no longer be open 24 hours a day. Weekend business hours are now 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. of the following day. Between Sunday and Wednesday, closing time is 2 a.m.

The measure promoted by the Department of Public Safety doesn't apply to bars and night clubs at hotels in the Central American country. Nor does it prohibit the sale of alcohol at supermarkets, many of which are open 24 hours.

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Critics say the change is just going to lead people to party in the streets.