November 28, 2021

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Corona Virus: Denmark wants to tighten measures against young people who violate public order

The ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages must be in effect from midnight to 5 a.m. in “nightlife” venues

The Danish government announced, on Sunday, that it wants to ban the sale of alcohol at night in some regions. With this measure, Copenhagen wants to take strong action against young rioters with anti-social behaviour, AFP reports.

A ban on the sale of alcohol should be enforced from midnight to 5 a.m. in “nightlife” venues, and bars and nightclubs should increase the number of bouncers, according to the government.

The Social Democratic government also intends to take “early and targeted measures” against some young people whose behavior violates public order, aiming in particular to prevent access to shopping centers or suburban train stations at certain hours, especially at night.

“We cannot accept that young people create uncertainty in the entire neighbourhood,” Social Affairs Minister Astrid Cragg said.

AFP reports that Denmark, with a population of 5.8 million, is traditionally considered a stable and peaceful country. According to a public opinion poll published last March, 85.6% of Danes feel safe in the country, but only 70.9% of those who live in “high risk” neighbourhoods.

In July, a new law was passed defining the so-called nightlife zone, which allows offenders to be banned from all bars and streets with a high concentration of bars for up to two years.

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