CAIRO: Seven nightclubs were closed Friday in Giza for violating their licenses in a crackdown on restaurants that do not follow safety regulations after 17 people were recently killed in a fire inside an underground restaurant, Youm7 reported.
Six cases of “inciting debauchery” were also detected, as well as 35 regulatory violations, according to Youm7.
Ten nightclubs were closed in Giza on Wednesday and Thursday in surprise inspections in cooperation between the police and the Tourism Ministry. Four of the nightclubs are in Haram Street and six in Agouza district.
The closed restaurants will have to acquire the needed licenses and apply safety regulations to be reopened.
There are differences between licensing a tourist restaurant, a bar and a nightclub. A nightclub is usually large in size and includes shows and performances with bands and dancers, while the other two do not.
The three can serve alcohol by acquiring a liquor license. However, some restaurants allow shows and performances without acquiring the prerequisite license.