Social Events can now be held longer than usual as there has been an amendment of the noise abatement act. Over the festive season, parties can go on until 2 am on weekdays and 4am on weekends.
Amendments were made in Parliament 2 days ago. The Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang made the announcement and said the changes were made in a response to the police who had to be approving extensions beyond the law and the stake holders in the entertainment industry, who were asking for the changes.
The amendments that will now allow parties and other events to end at 2 am on weekdays and 4 am on weekends were extended by 2 hours, previous events were allowed to continue until 12 am on weekdays, and 2am on weekends, the changes will be in place until January 31.
The opposition gave support to the changes that were made, Mr. Fitz Jackson, said he was very appreciative of the move.
Spice Says Enforcement of Noise Abatement Act, Bad for Culture
Dancehall queen Spice says the way The Noise Abatement Act is being enforced can be seen as a fight against Jamaica’s culture. “I believe that dancehall definitely needs more time,” she said.
Spice performed at the Campari Pop Style grand finale held at Ranny Williams Entertainment Center in St Andrew, last Saturday night. Which was scheduled to end at 2:00 am, but the lawmen allowed the show to go on for 15-minute more before its completion.
Spice was interviewed and she had this to say, “The 9-to-5 people of Jamaica, they get the entire time from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and there are pharmacies that open at 10:00 am and other businesses that people go to from morning to afternoon. As such, you can’t expect them to go to work and come back and have a little nightlife within two hours. That’s impossible.”
She also spoke about the tourists who visit the island to enjoy the music and parties and how the Act will affect the revenue of the Government.
Dr. Horace Chang had also promised to look at the matter again, but he has not said anything more about it for a while.
Dance promoters decided to launch the ‘No music, no vote” campaign during summer and made their opposition to the active public.