Minsk will ban night-time sales of alcohol at all-night kiosks and stores. The ban will come into force on Monday, 1 October.
No vodka or other spirits at night.
Strong drinks with the alcohol content of over 7%, as well as low alcohol drinks, won’t be sold in Minsk between 11 pm and 7 am.
Minsk City Executive Committee has taken such a decision as a part of a nationwide drive to reduce alcohol abuse and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Pubs, restaurants and other catering facilities selling alcohol for immediate consumption are not subject to the ban.
According to the document, the ban will last till 1 October next year. It’s not the first time Minsk has introduced a ban like this. A “night dry law” was introduced in the summer of 2015. Then alcohol was sold from 9 am to 22 pm.
Minsk is following the example set by its neighbor Lithuania, third largest alcohol consumer in the world.
Radical changes in alcohol law of Lithuania have come into force since 1 January this year.
There, opening hours of alcohol retail trade were shortened from 10 am to 8 pm and from 10 am to 3 pm on Sundays.
Besides, alcohol advertisement was totally banned, the legal age to purchase alcohol was increased from 18 to 20 years old.
Lithuanian authorities already note that people got used to new rules. A more detailed review will be published by the year-end.
For years Belarus has been recognized as the world leader in alcohol consumption. Luckily, this dubious honor is gradually fading away.