Night-time booze sales ban during European Championships

The City of Brussels has banned the sale of alcohol in night shops between 11pm and 7am for the duration of the European Championships. The ban will come into force on 10 June and will last until 10 July. However, the ban only applies to night shop convenience store in the city centre and not in the City of Brussels other districts such as Laken, Neder-over-Hembeek and the European District.

The ban was announced at Monday evening’s meeting of Brussels City Council.

Figures from the Brussels-Capital Elsene local Police Service show that 60% of cases of people being drunk and disorderly occur between 11pm and 7am. Most arrests are in the city centre. Most of those detained by the police for being drunk say that they got drunk after purchasing drink in a night shop.

The Mayor of Brussels Yvan Mayeur (PS) told journalists "We want to help the hospitality industry and bars with pavement terraces while at the same time limiting the nuisance from night shops”.

A similar ban was imposed during World Cup in the summer of 2014. According to the City of Brussels this served to drastically reduce the number of cases of people being drunk and disorderly.