From mid-May, it will no longer be possible to smoke a joint in the old town of Amsterdam. This ban is a measure against the major problems caused by mass tourism, as announced by the Dutch capital. In the famous red light district, the “Wallen”, restaurants must close earlier and prostitutes must stop earlier too. The neighborhood should become safer and more livable for residents, the city said.
A new atmosphere
For years, locals have been complaining about the consequences of mass tourism. People drinking, bawling and smoking weed in the streets. Tourists also attract street vendors, the city said, which creates a dangerous atmosphere.
Coffee shops soon with limited opening hours?
One of the great attractions of Amsterdam are the so-called coffee shops. Tourists can buy small amounts of hashish and marijuana there. Until now, drugs could also be smoked on the street. Authorities are also considering whether sales in coffee shops can be restricted between 4 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Amsterdam less fun at night
The new rules are part of a package of measures aimed at tackling the problems caused by mass tourism. Bars are not allowed to welcome new customers after 1am. And the prostitutes must close the famous windows at 3 am at the latest instead of 6 am.