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Polish president signs into law powers to limit alcohol sales

Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed new laws which allow local governments to limit alcohol sales. Under the laws, local governments will be allowed put a cap on the number of concessions for alcohol sales that are issued. Concessions will also be required for the sale of beer and other beverages with less than 4.5 percent alcohol content. Current laws do not limit stores’ sale of low-alcohol content drinks. The new law, under which the sale of alcohol between 10 pm and 6 am can be capped, aims to prevent a large number of liquor stores operating in a single area. The move particularly affects major city centres and tourist resorts. Duda has also signed laws forbidding alcohol consumption in public areas while giving local governments the right to make exceptions. Current laws say that drinking is illegal on streets and in squares and parks. The law will come into force 30 days after it is announced online in the Journal of Laws.


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