Tourism min­is­ter warns bars against serv­ing mi­nors

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON -

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

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