Prohibition on Christmas and New Years: when is the consumption of liquor prohibited?

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in Guatemala, the restriction hours for selling and consuming alcoholic beverages have been modified as part of the measures to stop the spread of the disease.

On December 14, 2021, President Alejandro Giammattei announced a new modification. In this way, the prohibition hours for the sale, purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages is from 2 to 6 in the morning. That extended the allowed schedule by three hours, since until that date the restriction began at 11 at night.

This new schedule began to take effect on December 15, 2021 and will remain in effect until January 15, 2022. This will allow people to consume alcoholic beverages during the traditional celebration dinners during the Christmas and New Year celebrations. that take place at midnight.

“We are going to be able to have end-of-the-year family parties, we are going to be able to attend the places where parties are normally held until 2 in the morning, at which time we will stop drinking liquor,” said Giammattei when he announced the opening hours. restriction.

Until before the start of the pandemic, the dry law hours were from 1 to 6 in the morning, so this year there will be one more hour of leave.

According to Giammattei, the time change is made because the cases of coronavirus have decreased. However, at the time of this decision the number of active cases was 768, but by December 23 these are close to reaching a thousand active cases showing an increase.

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