The local council of Siófok, one of the most famous Hungarian holiday and foreign tourist targets around the “Hungarian sea”, aims to introduce new restrictions on alcohol consumption, party organisation and other noisy events. The local government has already accepted the relevant decree in their end-March session.
According to turizmus.com, the local council of Siófok is to introduce new restrictions impacting the catering and entertainment sector of the Petőfi promenade, the city’s famous tourist attraction. The city’s local council passed the relevant decree with 9 Ayes and two abstentions.
The members of the local government accepted the new rules on 25 March. Only those catering service providers and shops can remain open between 12 pm and 4 am that adapt to the new rules. Furthermore, all sound systems in the promenade have to contain a limiter, a circuit able to control performance. Moreover, owners have to hire staff to prevent bluster on the promenade. Before, the local government asked people to carry out that task for free.
The local government decided to abolish plastic cups and authorise only re-cups. They hope that fewer people will throw away those cups so they can reduce waste in the town. Moreover, alcoholic beverages will be forbidden to be taken out from the shops. Furthermore, toilets will also be assigned to place owners’ responsibilities.
The owners will have to clean the pavement in front of their stores with a high-pressure cleaning machine. They must guarantee that any erotic activities will not be visible from public spaces regardless of whether it happens inside their place or on their terrace.
The local government will enable late-night opening for only a 1-year-long term. And the city will have the power to withdraw it any time if they breach the rules. Furthermore, nobody can receive such a permit if they owe taxes or fines to Siófok.
The new decree has not yet come into force. The owners are currently examining it, and they will be able to share their remarks on it at a hearing.
Closing the most valuable part of the city, the party district around the promenade would be a utopic solution – the head of the Balaton Touristic Association said. Henrik Hoffman believes the party district should become a place offering high-quality entertainment. The first step can be the new decree of the local government – he concluded.