Turkey: restrictions on alcohol sales go into effect today

09 September, 11:29

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, SEPTEMBER 9 - The controversial law placing limits on the sale and advertising of alcoholic beverages in Turkey takes effect as of today (September 9), despite ongoing criticism, as daily Hurriyet reports. Retailers will no longer be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and the sale of alcohol near schools and places of worship will also be forbidden, according to the bill. The new law will go into effect at midnight before switching over to the times listed above thereafter. Critics say there will inevitably be violations of the new law. The new law bans all retailers from selling alcoholic beverages at night, but not restaurants or other facilities. There are 200,000 small retailers that will be affected, according to official data. (ANSAmed).

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