Party people in a bar in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 21, 2021. -

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A decision that is unrelated to the restrictions against Covid-19.

The mayor of Copenhagen announced on Tuesday that he wanted to ban the sale of alcohol after 8 p.m. in the city's party areas because of the nightly noise and evening violence.

“We have seen that the nuisance linked to nightlife in certain areas of Copenhagen, in particular in the city center, has become too great: with more noise, a lot of drunk people in the streets and completely unacceptable episodes of violence. “, Justified the Social Democratic mayor, Frank Jensen, in a press release.

Verifications for offenders

The mayor of Copenhagen proposes to introduce a ban on the sale of alcohol after 8 p.m. in the nightlife areas of major Danish cities, recalling that until 2005, the sale of drinks containing more than 2.8% of Alcohol was prohibited between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

It would still be possible to sell and consume alcohol in bars and restaurants.

In addition, Frank Jensen wants municipal agents to be authorized to verbalize offenders, especially in the event of nighttime noise, currently the sole recourse of the police.

The fight against the current outbreak of Covid-19 cases in Denmark, which is not mentioned in the proposal, has highlighted the excesses of nightlife and several voices, from the political class to the experts, have been raised to regulate it.

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In Copenhagen, its suburb and Odense, the third largest city in the country, bars and restaurants are currently required to close at midnight against 2 hours in the rest of the kingdom.

This proposal, which requires changes in the law to be implemented, has been presented to the Minister of Justice.

"We are going to take this into account in our subsequent work to put an end to the behavior vectors of insecurity in the public space", reacted the minister, Nick Haekkerup, with the local agency Ritzau.

Unlike its Nordic neighbors (Sweden, Norway, Finland), which have stores with a state monopoly during limited hours, alcohol has so far been freely sold in Denmark.


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