Communications Officer II
Deputy Governor's Office
Government of the Virgin Islands
Business owners of bars, nightclubs and restaurants across the Virgin Islands were engaged in a series of public consultations on the Liquor Licence Act.
The Bill seeks to modernise the Territory’s legal framework with respect to the sale, supply and consumption of liquor.
The meetings were hosted by Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley who stated that legislation was drafted to the benefit of these individuals’ livelihoods.
Premier Wheatley said the public’s involvement in the crafting of the laws that affect them and their society is integral to democratic governance.
“I am very pleased that we were able to engage directly with stakeholders in public consultations with businesses throughout our different islands, each with their own unique needs and concerns,” the Premier said, adding, “We hope that as we draft legislation that positively affects these individuals’ livelihoods, we receive continued and mutually beneficial engagement.”
Major provisions of the Bill include but are not limited to increased licencing days, the establishment of a Liquor Licencing Board, creating a distinction between a member’s club and a nightclub, the creation of a special events licence and the changing of fees.
Deputy Governor, Mr. David D. Archer Jr. acknowledged the significance of public consultations to the Public Service Transformation initiative adding that meetings have proven to be an integral step in the success of initiatives geared at transforming the service.
The Deputy Governor said, “The people of the Virgin Islands are entitled to have a say in the legislation that governs them. The Liquor Licence Bill primarily affects a specific community of business owners who know their industry best. As such, it is paramount that they are consulted before the bill is forwarded.”
Deputy Speaker and Territorial Member Honourable Neville A. Smith also attended the consultations. Deputy Secretary, Ms. Aisha Hill and Senior Administrative Officer, Ms. Sandra Herbert of the Office of the Deputy Governor are the resource persons on the elements of the Bill and the liquor licence process.
Business owners are invited to join those who have already submitted their questions and recommendations on the Bill. A copy of the Act can be accessed at bit.ly/liquorlicence.
Questions, comments or concerns can be submitted to email@example.com or by calling 468-3000 or 468-2195.