Italian City to Ban Ice Cream After Midnight

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Milan is once again poised to enact restrictions on late-night indulgences, with a proposed law targeting the consumption of ice cream, pizza, and other takeaway foods after midnight.

The proposed legislation, which could take effect as soon as next month pending approval, aims to preserve the tranquility of the city's residents by curbing noise and congestion caused by late-night gatherings.

For many, enjoying a gelato or a slice of pizza late at night is a cherished part of Italian culture, but this tradition could be under threat if the new law is passed. The proposal, covering 12 districts across Milan, seeks to ban all takeaway food and drink after midnight, including the beloved Italian staples of ice cream and pizza.

Deputy Mayor Marco Granelli explained the rationale behind the proposed law, stating, "The goal is to seek a balance between socialising and entertainment, and the peace and tranquility of residents." The proposed restrictions would be in effect from midnight until early morning, starting at 12:30 am on weekdays and 1:30 am on weekends and public holidays. The ban would apply exclusively to outdoor tables, with the intention of clearing the streets of noisy groups.

Residents and stakeholders have until early May to provide feedback and suggest amendments to the proposed law. The affected areas include Nolo, Lazzaretto, Melzo, Isola, Sarpi, Via Cesariano, Arco della Pace, Como-GaeAulenti, Porta Garibaldi, Brera, Ticinese, and Darsena-Navigli.

This isn't the first time Milan has attempted to regulate late-night ice cream consumption. In 2013, former Mayor Giuliano Pisapia proposed similar measures but faced fierce opposition, including a reported 'occupy gelato' movement. Pisapia ultimately reversed course, stating, "People can eat ice cream day and night, anywhere they like."

(Source: Sky News)


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