Bars, restaurants get New Year’s green-light

Cayman Islands residents will be able to dance and party early into Sunday on New Year’s Day.

According to an announcement Wednesday from the Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman, the board has approved extended operating hours on 31 December into 1 January for most licensed establishments. Typically, bars and clubs must close by midnight on Saturdays and no music and dancing is allowed on Sundays. However, the board has made an exception for this year because New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday.

The board will allow bars, restaurants and hotels to sell alcohol until 1.30am and play music until 2am on 1 January, 2012.

Nightclubs are permitted to sell liquor until 2.45am. Music and dancing must end by 3am.

“License holders are reminded that license stipulations will still be in effect,” a statement from the board read. “Liquor sales must cease during the last ten minutes of the permitted opening hours and all patrons must vacate the premises before closing.”

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