Tallinn City Council has passed a bill today, aimed at limiting alcohol consumption by banning the sale of alcohol on the city's territory on Sundays for six months from March 1, 2015.
The limits are set for six months, as the law only allows for limiting alcohol sale temporarily.
The extended City Council's Health Committee meeting on October 21 focused on alcohol abuse, which it claimed to be on increase, its prevention and access to alcohol-containing products by youth. Banning the sale of alcohol on Sundays and within a 300-meter radius of all schools and kindergartens are some of the possible methods to curb alcohol consumption and youth's exposure to it, according to the committee.
The 300-meter radius that was first proposed, has now been reduced to 50 meters, as otherise it would have meant a completely alcohol-free city center in Tallinn. This could have had a negative impact on the tourism industry.
Estonian Traders Association has already expressed skepticism of the city council's plans.
The Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, Merike Martinson, has repeatedly referred to general studies on alcohol consumption and its influence when explaining the City Council's actions, but the traders and hotel have said that the council has not performed proper research on the necessity and implications of the proposed ban.