An update to the Public Health regulations has closed a loophole that would have allowed bars to reopen at midnight, even after closing at 10 pm each night.

The loophole existed after the announcement on Saturday, that all business establishment must close at 10 pm each day.

However, with the day ending at midnight, bars, which usually cater to patrons in the wee hours of the morning, could have reopened again two hours after closing and continue running until 10 pm on that new day.

However, the latest health ordinance, issued on Wednesday, now says that “Bars and casinos shall only be open to the public from 8 am to 10 pm every day unless permitted otherwise by the Minister,” effectively shutting the loophole.