Opposition Leader warns of job cuts over increased liquor licence fees

Opposition Leader warns of job cuts over increased liquor licence fees

Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier has warned the Government that jobs could be lost due to increases in liquor license fees for businesses.

The bill was passed in the House of Assembly on Friday and if passed, will affect bars, restaurants and other establishments that serve alcohol.

Restaurants, bars and other businesses are set to pay even more for the privilege of selling alcohol thanks to the Liquor License amendment act passed in the House of assembly Friday.

It all means, that once passed into law, many businesses will see their annual liquor license fee increase by at least 50 percent.

Mr  Cannonier, whose private businesses sell liquor, says now is not the time for additional fees for entrepreneurs.

He told Bermuda Broadcasting News: “Many of these Mr and Bermuda companies, entrepreneurs, can’t afford the $2,000 now. You’re increasing it by 50 percent at a time when many of the entrepreneurs can’t control their costs.”