Tuesday 2 June, 2020

5 things to know about the Carnival glass bottle ban

Photo by Bogomil Mihaylov on Unsplash.

Photo by Bogomil Mihaylov on Unsplash.

Legislation surrounding a ban on the use of glass bottles over the Carnival period was approved this year and as a result, many revellers will not be allowed to have glass bottles in or near Carnival events.

Here are five things to know about the Carnival (Prohibition of Glass Bottles) Regulations, 2020.

1. Carnival glass bottle ban from 4.00 am Carnival Monday – Midnight, Carnival Tuesday

The Carnival ban on glass bottles will last from Monday, February 24, 2020 at 4.00 am to Tuesday February 25, 2020 at midnight.


2. Only authorised persons can have glass bottles (during Carnival)

According to the legislation, no one other than an authorised person can ‘serve or consume a beverage from a glass bottle in or within the vicinity of a Carnival event in any public place’ during the Carnival period.

Vendors and servers are to pour drinks into plastic cups or beverage containers before serving to customers.

Authorised people are listed as:

  • Anyone holding a liquor licence under the Liquor Licenses Act
  • Anyone holding a special event licence
  • A food vendor with a registered food badge
  • A server of a registered Carnival band
  • Public sanitation workers (Municipal Corporation, CEPEP or SWMCOL workers) or
  • An employee of a manufacturer or distributor of glass bottle beverages who is on duty during Carnival.


3. $1,000 fine, possible jail time if caught with a glass bottle

According to the legislation anyone held with a glass bottle at any Carnival events in a public place during the Carnival period can be fined up to $1,000 or arrested and serve up to six months jail time.


4. Carnival areas where glass bottles are banned

The legislation lists the following areas where glass bottles are banned during the Carnival period:

Port-of-Spain, St. James, San Juan, Santa Cruz, Maracas Bay, Tunapuna, Arouca, Arima, San Rafael, Maracas St. Joseph, Sangre Grande, Rio Claro, Mayaro, Chaguanas, Couva, Freeport, San Fernando, Princes Town, Fyzabad, Siparia, Penal, Cedros, Point Fortin, La Brea, Santa Flora, Scarborough, Crown Point and Roxborough.


5. Police can seize glass bottles, arrest offenders

Under the legislation, police can seize your glass bottle and arrest you, if caught with one in your possession without the relevant authorisation.

Just a caveat, the courts are usually closed over Carnival so your matter may not be heard until Ash Wednesday.

Make sure to take your reusable (non-glass) cups with you, and Happy Carnival!

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