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Amsterdam to expand ban against drinking booze on the street

14 March 2017

Amsterdam is expanding its ban against drinking alcohol on the streets of the city center. From Wednesday you are not allowed to drink alcohol around the supermarket behind the Royal Palace and on the streets around the Leidseplein.

An alcohol ban is already in place for the Leidseplein itself. "But last year there were signs of structural and severe alcohol problems in the streets nearby." Problems mostly involved noise complaints, public urination, pollution, lingering and violence.

The fine for drinking in public or for possessing an open bottle or can with an alcoholic drink is €90.

The district will evaluate the measure early next year. Then a decision will be made on whether to extend the ban or terminate it.

Source: nltimes.nl.

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