Kiik: Ban on nighttime alcohol sales needed if new outbreaks arise ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

A nationwide ban on the nighttime sales of alcohol has to be imposed if new outbreaks of the coronavirus arise in Estonia, Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik (Center) said on Thursday.

The minister said the effectiveness of alcohol sales restrictions in combating the spread of the virus has been proven. He said that if new outbreaks arise in Estonia, "a nationwide alcohol restriction has to be imposed."

Interior Minister Mart Helme (EKRE) said while the alcohol sales restrictions in Tartu and Ida-Viru counties have proved to be justified, nationwide restrictions should not be rushed in to. 

"My personal opinion is that we have not arrived there yet," he said.

Currently, there are restrictions on the sales of alcohol between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. in Tartu and Ida-Viru counties after outbreaks in the regions started in a cluster of bars.

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