People on Amsterdam’s terraces will soon be allowed to drink beer standing again, a municipal spokeswoman announced on Saturday.

A municipal ban on the practice will be lifted soon, though it’s not yet clear when exactly the measure will come into force, the spokeswoman added. The aim is to change the policy this summer but it’s not yet certain if the capital’s authorities will be able to meet that deadline, she said.

The ban was originally instituted to prevent excessive noise levels. “Terraces offer limited seating. If people are allowed to drink standing, there’s an increased risk of unacceptable noise levels.” The municipality, however, rather than fining people for drinking beer standing, will from now on focus on combating high noise levels themselves, and will impose fines on anyone breaching the relevant municipal rules, the spokesperson explained.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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