A proposed by the Ministry of Health project to ban the sale of alcohol after 20:00 could lead to the closure or shortening of the opening hours of stores. The Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Association of the Alcohol Industry said this on the air of Radio Baltkom Pavel Filippov.
According to him, the ban on the sale of alcohol already entered into force in 2001. Then, as a result of this decision, many convenience stores were affected.
“We already had such restrictions in 2001, when they banned the sale of alcohol from 8 pm to 10 am. This immediately changed the way some stores operate. Before that, there were night shops that were open 24 hours, but when the restrictions were introduced, the opening hours changed, and now there are almost no night lights”, – he noted.
Filippov stressed that reducing the time for selling alcohol will affect the opening hours of a large part of grocery stores.
“The fact that they want to reduce the sale of alcohol will affect the entire retail industry. Stores will change their opening hours and thus become unavailable. We are talking not only about alcoholic beverages, but also about any food products”, – said the expert.
In his opinion, people will continue to look for ways to buy alcohol at night and in the evening, which will activate the gray market.
“These restrictions will introduce an additional opportunity for some unscrupulous taxi drivers to activate the gray market. If a person has a need, he will look for an opportunity, and the one who is interested will offer”, – concluded Filippov.
He also added that although the small shops will not close, their working hours will be significantly reduced. This will be especially problematic for the inhabitants of villages and villages.
We will remind, the Ministry of Health calls to ban the sale of alcohol after 20:00 in order to reduce its consumption. Currently, alcoholic beverages can be sold from 8:00 to 22:00. Outside of these hours, alcohol can only be sold in places where drinks can be drunk locally, such as bars, restaurants and cafes. The Ministry of Health wants to more stringently limit the time for the sale of alcohol, indicating that it will be possible to buy it only from 10 to 20 hours.
Source: GOROD.LV – новости Даугавпилса by gorod.lv.
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