Yakutia’s President Yegor Borisov restricted strong alcohol retail sales in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), The Far East InterFax informs. Vodka will be now available at daytime.
Since Monday, November 1st, 2010, on the whole territory of Siberia’s Yakutia, vodka and other strong tipples are allowed to sell between 2.00 pm and 8.00 pm only.
All retail stores and kiosks (stores in the form of booths) are permitted to sell alcohol of 15% and more strength between 2 pm and 8 pm, according to the Decree of Yakutia’s President.
The decision was motivated by numerous appeals from inhabitants and sad statistics. About 500 people die on account of alcoholic intoxication in Yakutia annually.
What do people say about new restrictions?
Majority of Internet users supports new restrictions, but thinks that it is not enough for solving the alcoholism issue. Measures must be done towards beer sales as well. Besides, people think it would be hard for authorities to control alcohol sales, especially in remote settlements, and hard for sellers not to sell it in late evenings and at nights.
The decree caused confusion among restaurants, bars and night clubs. Reportedly, on the first day of November, some of them didn’t dare to sell strong alcohols to visitors, some continued accepting orders.