Woman charged for operating bar and having social gathering


A woman will be standing trial on 30th April for operating a bar after she admitted to the court Tuesday that she merely had a social gathering at the back of her bar.


Eloisa Perez was slapped with two charges when police spotted several vehicles in front of her bar over the weekend.


She was charged for operating a bar during a state of emergency and failing to comply with the social gathering restriction. She only pleaded guilty to the latter and will therefore be going to trial for the former.


It is said that on the afternoon of 21st February, police on mobile patrol noticed a number of vehicles parked near the Broken Stool bar, also known as Lisa’s Bar, on Upper Fort Road and when they went to the back of the establishment, they counted eight people gathered and drinking.


The defendant was reportedly observed coming from the side door of the bar when she was summoned. The woman attempted to explain to Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh that her bar, which is in front of her home, was closed but she hosted a social gathering in the back.


However, the woman was asked to save her defence for trial since she pleaded not guilty. The Magistrate revoked the woman’s station bail and instead granted her temporary release in the sum of five thousand dollars, with a two-thousand-dollar cash component.


She also has to report to the nearest police station three days a week, provide one surety and surrender her travel documents. (Pointe Xpress)


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  1. They should charge the other 8 people too be cause they know what is the protocol she say the bar was not open no party but she lie them too love money

    • Quick to condem and judge people. There is no place in this country where we as Antiguans can go and get anything at all for free. How do people survive? Close down ppl only source of income and not having anything to give them to eat is a disaster waiting to happen. U rather she take a gun and go rob and theif? U dont know the womans situation so sometimes we need to think before we judge. In the USA there are un employment benefits that tax payers can access along with other things. Yes make ppl thats living off one source of income unable to earn that is one thing but whats in place so those ppl can eat?

      • Agreed 100% only people that are living comfortable and have the finance talk like that … They don’t know what its like to struggle

  2. Yes the other 8 person will be charged also . Why won’t they listen if it’s no gathering just abid by the rules . Look now you have to pay all that money that could be used for food etc. I hope other bar owners are seeing what is happening

    • What is this comment so racist? What don’t you said nothing about the others people places locked up, or the other people breaking the curfews or the people on the beaches without mask, just because she is Spanish specially from the Dominican Republic that means she is guilty, but I can guess the other 8 persons there at least 6 are English

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