V.I. prohibits liquor sales on Good Friday


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All bars, restaurants and establishments that serve alcohol must comply with V.I. Code that prohibits distilled liquor and drinks from being served in public places from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Violation of the law can result in a fine of up to $200 or imprisonment for up to a year or both, according to the V.I. Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs.

"Full compliance and cooperation of all establishments that serve alcohol is mandatory," DLCA Commissioner Wayne Biggs Jr. said.

Title 1, Section 171 of the V.I. Code states: "Distilled liquor and drinks prepared therewith shall not be served in public places of refreshments between the hours of 9:00 o'clock in the morning and 4 o'clock in the afternoon on Good Friday."

While the law speaks to distilled liquor alone, traditionally all alcohol sales are prohibited on Good Friday, Biggs said.

Biggs said the enforcement of the law falls to the V.I. Police Department.

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