Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 19, 2020(SKNVIBES)

Retail liquor licences remain suspended with the extension of the State of Emergency. Section 14 of the Statutory Rules and Orders No. 14 of 2020, Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No. 5) Regulations speaks to the suspension of all retail liquor licences. It states that “Notwithstanding the provisions of the Liquor Licences Act, Cap. 18.21, all retail liquor licences are suspended once a period of emergency is declared in relation to COVID-19.”

On a recent edition of the ‘Policing With You’ radio programme, Divisional Commander for District ‘A’, Superintendent Cromwell Henry addressed the issue.“So you cannot go by a bar, you cannot go by a shop and buy a glass of wine [or] buy a glass of your favourite drink,” Superintendent Henry said. “But the wholesale licences, they are still intact so if you have a wholesale licence to sell liquor by the case or to sell by the bottle then those can still operate.