New penalties set for nightclubs and bars

A newly passed city ordinance establishes increased penalties of as much as $1,900 for nightclubs or bars that do not comply with regulations and security standards. “These new controls will mostly deal with clandestine nightclubs and bars, They hurt legal businesses,” said Patricio Miller, president of the Provincial Chamber of Tourism. Jorge Cabrera, Police Chief, Azuay Police, has had meetings with owners to further discuss the many penalties they could incur. Examples included allowing disturbance of public order, owners found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, covering up felonies, allowing illegals to work, and selling artisanal or…

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