Amsterdam Mayor will not be implementing a total ban on alcohol consumption on canals

Remember when we told you that alcohol could be banned on the Amsterdam canals? Well, that was possibly a short lived suggestion. The Mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema said that she will not be implementing it, reports

She does not believe a total alcohol ban on the canals is necessary, where it would be possible to get fined for having only a single bottle of alcohol. Het Parool reports that “Measures (to combat nuisance, ed.) serve precisely to enable Amsterdammers to enjoy their city freely. Only misconduct is curbed.”

Last thursday, there was a narrow majority in the city council to have a total ban on alcohol consumption. This was on the recommendation of the PvdA which was supported by a majority with a narrow margin.

An alcohol-free zone on the canals was suggested as a remedy for the nuisance that Amsterdammers have faced. However, Halsema does not see it as a severe problem which warrants a total ban on alcohol consumption on canals.

She wants specific regulations to be implemented without a total ban, where she foresees legal complications arising as boats do not come under the current laws for drinking. She wants to focus on the commercial tour boats with an open bar by introducing a licensing system.

That seems like a reasonable thing to do, and we hope everybody can enjoy without disrupting the neighbourhood they’re sailing through. What do you make of this? Let us know in the comments below!

Feat Image: Kirk Fisher from Pixabay

Kavana Desai
Kavana Desai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


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