Tourism minister warns bars against serving minors
BEIRUT: Lebanon’s caretaker tourism minister Thursday warned bar owners against serving minors, days after the Internal Security Forces said it penalized a number of nightclubs that had been selling underage teenagers alcohol.
The ISF said in a tweet Monday that five clubs were fined for admitting minors and selling them alcohol.
In a statement released by his ministry, caretaker Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian stated that “the provisions of Decree No. 12222 prohibit minors from entering bars and clubs. All touristic places should abide by the law and should not provide underage teenagers with alcoholic beverages,” noting that the legislation also applies to restaurants and supermarkets.
According to the statement, “any violator of this decree shall be subject to the penalties outlined in Article 770 of the Penal Code, which penalizes those who violate administrative regulations.”
Guidanian also tweeted an image of a ministry-branded badge featuring the words “no minors under 18 years old” and a hotline number for reporting violating establishments.
Last month, traffic safety nongovernmental organization Kunhadi awarded 72 pubs, clubs and nightclubs in Beirut with its “Save the Night” label, a move that aims to promote a safer nightlife experience.
Refusing to serve alcohol to minors is one of the conditions of receiving this accreditation, which was developed in collaboration with the Tourism Ministry. – The Daily Star