Turkey’s Antalya authorities issue alcohol ban

Turkey’s Antalya authorities issue alcohol ban

The Antalya police department issued a ban on alcohol consumption in outdoor locations on possibilities that drinking could cause “disturbance” to the surrounding. 

According to the new directive, consumption of alcohol in parks, gardens, open spaces, highways, picnic areas, historical ruins and the interior of all vehicles will be prohibited. The directive also bans the consumption of alcohol in train stations, bus terminals, squares, avenues, streets, historical and cultural venues, places of worship, abandoned structures, construction zones, cemeteries, ATMs, promenades, stairwells, and underneath bridges.

Such consumption was not banned totally, but only when it was done in a way to “disturb the surrounding” so as to provide peaceful public places for residents, the Hurriyet daily cited sources as saying.

“There is no new place in Antalya where alcohol consumption is banned,” Antalya Mayor Menderes Türel said.