Curfews and Company Social Responsibility
Marc Abizeid takes note of the economic toll of the new law enacted in late February by the Interior and Tourism ministries. This law is harming restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs in Gemmayzeh by enforcing an early curfew on the hours that music can be played and an earlier closing time for these establishments shortly after the music curfew.
Neighbors and neighborhood groups have been complaining about both the noise and the parking spaces that are being used by nightclub owners and patrons. Signs reading “Keep Quiet When on the Street” and others are hurting business in the area, as well. Many owners of these establishments are protested the law and claiming that the economic crisis is taking it’s toll already on business and more strict laws, in addition to the current problems may prove devastating.
Business owners have a duty, not to only protect their own employees from potential firing due to the loss of business and loss of hours due to curfew, but to also see that the entire business district can remain a thriving and profitable part of the city. To make up for the early closing of the restaurants and other venues, a business owner could open his restaurant
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Here members of the community and others interested could have informal meetings while dining to talk about the issue in a civil manner. There could, also, be “legal lunches”, where community members could focus entirely on speaking their thoughts on this new law and “social suppers”, where any community issue or just a relaxing time could be the theme. This is a wonderful and responsible idea, as the small business could actually profit from these extra meetings by both serving food and solving problems. When the community can come together in this way, a compromise can be sought to make everyone happy.
Marc Abizeid, “Restaurant, pub owners say new curfews ‘unfair’“ in The Daily Star, (Friday, March 20, 2009), Accessible online: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_ID=1&article_ID=100213&categ_id=1. Last Accessed 25, March 2009.