The Governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Beglov, signed a law banning the sale of alcoholic beverages in bars and cafes with halls less than 50 square meters. m.
The document was published on the website of the city administration; it comes into force on January 1, 2021.
At the same time, it is reported about the creation of a working group to resolve the situation resulting from the adoption of the law. As noted, the decision was made taking into account the resonance caused by this initiative and the numerous appeals from the business community.
As Beglov emphasized, the settlement of the issue must be approached carefully.
“On one side of the scale is the calmness of Petersburgers, especially the elderly and children who do not want to listen under the windows of the noise from establishments selling alcohol of dubious quality and origin at night. On the other – the interests of conscientious entrepreneurs … ”, – said the head of the city.
According to him, before the law comes into force, the working group must find a solution that suits everyone.
Since May, it has been banned in Russia to sell alcohol in establishments located in residential buildings. The changes affected premises with an area of less than 20 sq. m.