Oslo’s City Council wants to grant free alcohol serving licenses and rent of street space throughout the year

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Oslo’s City Council wants to provide a free license to serve alcohol and free street space rent for trade stands, dining, and events throughout the year.

“The food and alcohol serving industry, the nightlife industry, and the trade stands are still in a very demanding situation. The removal of the license fee is an effective measure that provides financial relief for everyone with a license to serve alcohol,” Vice Mayor for Business Victoria Marie Evensen (AP) said.

The City Council removed the fee in its entirety for 2020. By also cutting the sales tax in 2021, this provides total relief of around NOK 40 million, a press release from the Municipality states.

The rent of street space for outdoor cafes and the shops that rent street space for sales outlets is also removed.

New measures planned

“As soon as we can start a gradual reopening of the city, and warmer weather arrives, there will be a greater need for such outdoor spaces. I am glad that this will not constitute an extra cost for an already hard-pressed business community,” Evensen said.

The City Council is also looking at the possibility of expanded use of street space for outdoor cafes and other activities – as soon as Oslo starts to reopen.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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