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The ban-on-liquor sale rule is back again in some cantons with the upcoming Holy Week Dry Law.
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Published Friday, March 26, 2021

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The ban-on-liquor sale rule is back again in some cantons with the upcoming Holy Week Dry Law.
 
The dry law, Ley Seca in the Spanish language, is the prohibition of the sale of alcohol in some of the cantons within the sole jurisdiction of the Municipalities Board.
 
Businesses that do not comply with the restriction rules could be subject to the closure of the business or face a fine up to 10 times the amount of the base salary established by the national government, which is approximately $7,800.



This year only 4 municipalities plan on enforcing the ban-on-liquor sale measure :

• Alajuelita canton in San José Province will apply the rule from Thursday midnight to Holy Friday at midnight.

• Cartago Central Canton, in Cartago province, will apply the rule from Thursday midnight to Holy Friday at midnight.

• Turrialba Canton, also in Cartago Province will apply the dry law from Wednesday midnight. to Holy Friday midnight.

• Alvarado Canton, also in Cartago Province will apply the rule from Tuesday midnight to Holy Saturday at noon.

The announcement came Wednesday from the Municipalities Union Board, a private organization funded by the municipalities for educational and investigative purposes, the rest of the 78 cantons in the country surveyed would not be enforcing the measure.

The municipal police officers would show up at supermarkets, bars and restaurants in those cantons, to make sure the alcohol displays were covered and the rule was followed.

Usually, people buy enough liquor to store at home before the dry law goes into effect.
 

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