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"Carrot Law" Debate Heats Up - Bars To Close at 2:00 AM

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingTVN Noticias - The intentions of government authorities to impose a 2:00 am closing time for nightclubs, bars, and entertainment centers is fueling the debate among state officials, all of whom disagree with the measure. According to the deputy administrator of the Tourism Authority, Fernando de Leon, the decision to implement this measure could mean losses to the commercial sector in the country dedicated to evening activities. According to de Leon, the evening entertainment business could lose up to 60% of their income from this tourist activity which occurs at night, if the so called "Carrot Law" is enacted. He said that most of the participants "in this nightlife are tourists" and therefore this law would have a direct impact on the economy. According to government officials this move to close the country's nightclubs at 2:00 am is aimed toward diminishing levels of violence.
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"Carrot Law" Debate Heats Up - Bars To Close at 2:00 AM
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, September 20 2009 @ 11:57 AM UTC

Most Panamaians don't go out until 11:00 a night. If they changed the law, they probably start going out at 9:00...big deal.

"Carrot Law" Debate Heats Up - Bars To Close at 2:00 AM
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, September 20 2009 @ 01:36 PM UTC

i understand that the casinos are exempt. if that is correct, guess who is bribing who.

"Carrot Law" Debate Heats Up - Bars To Close at 2:00 AM
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, September 29 2009 @ 03:31 AM UTC

closing at 2am does get people leaving their homes earlier to go out. but it also creates binge drinking for those that go out late. they drink quickly and become drunk quickly and that leads to bad moods and where that goes no one can ever be sure.

leaving closing time to the discretion of the owners of the bars and clubs means people generally are not in a rush to drink. they take their time and dont feel under pressure to drink quickly. that's a much more relaxed atmosphere.

also because of discretionary closing times people tend to leave at different times instead of all being kicked out at once. everyone leaving at the same time will definitely lead to violence - it has been the experience of the british isles for decades.

and yes it will hit tourism badly. tourists dont mind spending some of their time in casinos but after a day or two really they want to expand their horizons and enjoy what the city has to offer. but if everything closes at 2am you will find it will hit businesses, and hit jobs. good for the exempt casinos (and hotels?) in the short term but bad for tourism and repeat visits. in the end it will hit the casinos too because less repeat visits means less money for them.

all in all a very bad idea. bad for tourism, bad for business and bad for jobs. definitely a creator of unemployment, and at a time when business is slower and tourism has declined - it is not a good idea for a tourist to return home and say "the bars closed at 2am - next time i will go somewhere else" - and like other forms of business, tourism relies also on word of mouth and positive reviews of a place.

panama city has a 24 hour culture to it - or what seems like it. why spoil it with legislation when individuals and business owners can decide for themselves when it is time to go home or time to close?