Entrepreneurs of the island of Mykonos are upset. Tourists too. The sudden implementation of a law of 1996 orders that bars and nightclubs and any other kind of entertainment facilities stop playing music as early as 2 o’clock in the morning. And this on an island that is famous for its long party nights and dance until the morning, long after the sun has risen in the horizon.
— Nicole Moudaber (@NicoleMoudaber) August 10, 2017
Local authorities have started to implement contradictory ministerial decisions allegedly following the complaints by local residents and tourists who want to spend a quite night and a long sleep.
Local police reportedly demands the closure of bars and nightclubs at 3 o’ clock in the morning and those open-air facilities have to close at 2 a.m. Police implements a law of 1996 which stipulates that music instruments in entertainment facilities can operate in summer time until 3 am in enclosed facilities and until 2 am in open-air facilities.
At the same time, a ministerial decision of 2009 is still in effect and allows operation until 5 o’ clock in the morning.
Entrepreneurs are angry and confused and are threatened with heavy fines and even the closure of their bars and nightclubs if they are caught to commit the same ‘crime’ for a third time.
Entrepreneurs and the mayor of Mykonos have joined forces and sent a letter to the ministers of Public Order, Interior and Tourism demanding an extension of the opening hours.
In the letter, the Mayor of Mykonos, Constantinos Koukas, states: “There is an ominous phenomenon on our island, which is the crown of Greek tourism and entertainment destination for millions of visitors from all over the world during the summer season and with revenues that strengthen the national economy.”
“Entrepreneurs are trapped in the whirl of law” and they face penalties or have their facilities closed if they violate the law three times a total per year, the letter reads.
The mayor underlines the impact of the negative image for the country’s top tourist destination, if visitors come and see entertainment facilities sealed by police.
Ok there is a law and another law that cancels the previous law and the two laws contradict each other and the question is why the legal framework was not solved all these years and why it is implemented now.
PS It’s not that the state needs revenues, is it?