By Decree No. 27 of 2017, the Mayor of Panama suspends the sale of alcohol on January 9th, Panama’s national day of sovereignty.
Any cantina, bodega, restaurant, bar, store or supermarket caught selling alcohol in the district of Panama will be fined between $100 and $1,000. Sound equipment, dancing activities, karaoke or concerts that diffuse music are equally prohibited from midnight to 11:59 pm.
Also known as Martyr’s Day, January 9th commemorates the lives lost in the 1964 riot that broke out in the Canal Zone after a Panamanian flag was torn, an incident that ultimately contributed to the U.S. decision to transfer control of the zone to Panama in 1977.