POLL: Should Sweden allow bars and restaurants to serve takeaway alcohol?

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POLL: Should Sweden allow bars and restaurants to serve takeaway alcohol?
Sweden's hospitality industry has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Amir Nabizadeh / TT

Do you think Sweden should relax some of its strict laws around the sale of alcohol?


In a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Swedish government has announced a move to stop pubs, bars and restaurants serving alcohol after 10pm. This means establishments with an alcohol licence would have to close no later than 10.30pm.

This is a blow to the already hard-hit hospitality industry as people are urged to limit their socialising and time spent in indoor environments.

Local coronavirus measures now in place across most of the country mean people are expected to only socialise with people they live with, or one or two others if they live alone.


With that in mind, several regional politicians have called for the government to make changes to Sweden's alcohol law which currently prevents the sale of takeaway alcohol, including politicians from the Centre Party in Stockholm and the Moderate Party in Malmö. Currently, only the state monopoly Systembolaget may serve alcohol for consumption at home. But we want to know what you think: let us know in the poll below.


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[email protected] 2020/11/16 10:31
It's disgusting that the Swedish government are using the hospitality industry as scapegoats. The sales at our restaurant have already dropped to 20% of the 2 weeks prior. Our only money making hours (which are still not covering the cost of the candles we put on the tables) happened to be between 10pm and 1am. We have 6 full time bar staff and now their key hours have gone, they'll be 3 of us on shift for an empty monday lunch. The government can't do this without providing financial support.<br />Close us down or open us up. Don't pull us apart.
[email protected] 2020/11/14 13:47
Good for the society to ban alcohol beyond 22:00. In fact would be good if they even close the Alchol stores by 20:00. It is a good step to control the pandemic.
[email protected] 2020/11/14 10:48
I would have expected more people to say yes, given the pandemic. I remember the queues outside systembolaget back in spring....

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