Why is there no alcohol ban

Corona: is a ban on alcohol justified?

It causes resentment to horror among citizens and the restaurateurs, who are already suffering from the corona crisis: the - sometimes temporary - Alcohol ban. In South Africa, for example, a comprehensive alcohol and tobacco ban was in force from March to the beginning of July, which was reintroduced after a short break in mid-July. Primarily about the capacities in the Hospitals to keep free for Covid patients. With avoiding alcohol-related violence and the injuries that come with it, that should be Health system relieved become. In addition, it is difficult for people who Distance and hygiene regulations to be observed under the influence of alcohol.

Update August 26th

Also in Munich an alcohol ban has now been decided as soon as one 7 day incidence 35 infections per 100,000 inhabitants is exceeded. The infection rate is currently 27.93 (as of August 25). As soon as the specified limit is reached, the following bans apply throughout Munich:

  • After 9 p.m. it is not allowed to sell alcohol to take away
  • After 11 p.m. there is a ban on the consumption of alcohol in the entire public space

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No alcohol on the weekend

For precisely this reason, the City of Hamburg decided the Sale of alcoholic beverages in the trendy districts restrict. On the first weekend in August there is no longer any beer to take away on the popular nightlife areas of the Hanseatic city on Friday and Saturday evenings between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

No distance and aggressive behavior

»The most noticeable characteristic of the evening and night-time usage behavior was that the visitor groups did not adhere to the Distance and hygiene requirements held. Special Foci represented the areas in front of alcohol sales points. This also included the entrance areas and forecourt of kiosks and restaurants Take away alcohol. Long queues formed and the shops were sometimes overcrowded. Unfortunately, there was also a temporary one on the past weekends increased potential for aggression festablished «, it says in the general decree of the responsible district offices. The regulation affects:

  • Kiosks
  • Supermarkets
  • Gas stations
  • Pubs and bars with street sales

From the scheme except is the consumption of alcoholic beverages on the spot in the licensed outdoor catering, for example in guest gardens.

A ban on alcohol relaxes the situation

The regulation was in the three Hamburg districts Altona, Eimsbüttel and Hamburg center where it was agreed on August 6th to decide from week to week about an extension of the temporary sales ban.

The following districts are affected by the ordinance:

  • St. Pauli around the Reeperbahn
  • The Schanzenviertel
  • Parts of Ottensen and Eimsbüttels

According to the police, the measure is having an effect on the party hotspots concerned, but kiosk operators and restaurateurs have no choice but to accept the regulation.

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Other cities are following suit

Warm summer evenings predominantly entice young people to meet in parks and public places, but with beer and a good mood without mouth and nose protection and compliance with the minimum distance having a good time together. In order to become master of the people of the celebration, followed at last Bremen the Hamburg model. In Dusseldorf a similar ordinance failed before the local administrative court. In mid-May, an out-of-home sale and drinking ban for alcohol was issued in the Rhine metropolis. However, a judge upheld a retailer's complaint that the general decree of the city of Düsseldorf on the ban on alcohol sales was unlawful. "Neither the sale nor the consumption of alcohol outside the home, however, led directly to further infections and to the spread of the disease." The city should take other measures to curb the spread of the disease, it said at the time.

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