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Extended opening hours for bars in city centre possible

by Editorial Staff in Nightlife & Reports , 05 juni 2010

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Cafés and bars in the centre of Amsterdam can extend their opening hours if an agreement is possible with the people who live in the vicinity. The probable coalition of GroenLinks (Greens), D66 (Liberal Democrats) and PvdA (Social Democrats) in the centre aims to give the businesses as well as the residents in the area more responsibilities when it comes to deciding on opening hours of bars and cafés, says Jeanine van Pinxteren, (GroenLinks) who will most likely become the inner-city mayor. “Instead of deciding for the people, we think that businesses an people living in the immediate vicinity can work out what’s possible.”

The idea is that when these parties get together they’ll understand each other’s needs. Besides, extending opening hours is economically advantageous for the businesses, and “that’s also important,” says Van Pinxteren.

Nuisance and neighbors

The centre will start with a pilot first. Businesses can file a request to stay open later. “One bar will attract more customers later in the night than others. It would be good if not everyone is out on the streets at the same time,” says Van Pinxteren.

The businesses will of course have to comply with a set of conditions. What these will consist of still needs to be worked out.

“But places that get a lot of complaints already can forget about getting permission to stay open till later. As well as the places that don’t have enough staff to keep an eye on things outside their door.”

Whether the businesses and residents in an area can come to an agreement will be an important factor in the decision process. If they can’t work it out together the municipality will mediate.



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