Presented by the Minister for Financial Services and Commerce, the Hon. André Ebanks, the Bill is intended to equalise economic opportunities for owners of stand-alone bars and sea-going vessels on Sundays.
Once the Bill is gazetted and comes into force, licensed stand-alone retail bars and sea-going vessels will be able to play music of a low, background nature for their patrons, on Sundays during the prescribed operating hours. This is not limited to pre-recorded music, which was a prior restriction under previous legislation.
NOTE: The Music and Dancing (Control) (Amendment) Act, (2022) came into effect on 21 December 2022 and affected business owners were able to use the provisions over the Christmas holidays.