The authorities banned Milan nightlife by adopting a novel approach to tackle the issue of late-night noise in the downtown area, specifically in the Porta Venezia district. They have temporarily prohibited the sale of takeaway food and beverages, with the initial ban scheduled to run until November 19, but there’s a possibility of an extension.
This new regulation stems from complaints made by residents in the area, who have been troubled by excessive noise during the late hours. The noise primarily results from partygoers gathering to purchase drinks and snacks, which they subsequently consume on the streets. In response to these complaints, the local government faced legal action earlier this year from sleep-deprived residents.
When and where will the Milan nightlife ban be in effect?
The restrictions will encompass all establishments, including bars, stalls, and shops with outdoor seating or vending machines, within the area stretching from Piazza Oberdan to via Melzo and via Lazzaretto.
The ban on the sale of food and beverages will be in effect from midnight to 6:00 am on weekdays and from 1:30 am to 6:00 am on Friday and Saturday nights. Street vendors will also be prohibited from conducting business in this area between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am.
Milan’s Mayor, Giuseppe Sala, has defended these measures aimed at curbing nightlife activities. He believes that, similar to people, a city also needs periods of rest and does not support the concept of a city that never sleeps.
This is not the first time Milan has attempted to reduce noise pollution from nightlife by implementing restrictions. In May 2020, the sale of takeaway alcohol was banned from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am after residents, fatigued by the initial lockdown, openly disregarded COVID-19 safety regulations.
Last summer, a temporary ban on outdoor drinking was also enforced to enhance street safety. In both cases, the measures were temporary, just like the current ban.