The Municipality of Milan restricted the sale of food and drinks for take-out in the city center. This happened due to complaints from local residents about noise that continues until late at night.
The restrictions apply to the noisy area of Porta Venezia, including the LGBT+ district, extending from Piazza Oberdan to Melzo and Lazzaretto streets.
The restrictions were imposed after locals sued the city’s mayor over noise caused by nightlife.
The restriction is in place from midnight to 6:00 AM on weekdays and from 1:30 AM to 6:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays, at least until November 19. This means that nighttime visitors can no longer buy drinks and food for take-out from stores, kiosks, bars with outdoor seating, and even vending machines.
Suppliers of goods are prohibited from being on the city center streets from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
Milan’s Mayor, Giuseppe Sala, stated: “The idea of a 24-hour city with no clear working hours no longer convinces me. I believe that cities should also rest, just like us, people, and have a schedule that is more suitable for everyone.”
Authorities have stated that they do not want to punish either those who are enjoying themselves or entrepreneurs. The aim of the restrictions is to balance quality public space, nightlife, and the rest of locals.