Tallinn changes alcohol code again: no public drinking areas anymore (9)
After declaring that areas near Parliament and the presidential palace were the only parts of the city where public drinking was allowed - much to the chagrin of national officials - Tallinn has now decided to backtrack and rule that it will also be illegal in these neighborhoods.
However, Postimees reported the signs will stay up, except now the icon of the cocktail glass will be covered over with an "X" of tape.
The signs in Kadriorg and the upper old town had gone up during a confusing period after Parliament, without consulting with interest groups, had voted to lift restrctions on public consumption throughout the country.
Parliament reversed the decision later that year, and since January 1, public consumption is again illegal unless specified otherwise.
Tallinn said the signs were only a response to the government's interim policy, though it stopped short of saying that it had put the signs up to deliberately embarrass national officials.
Tallinn and several other cities have called for increasing controls on alcohol, and Tallinn is planning a series of additional measures to cut back on the sale of alcohol.