Czechs May Relax Liquor Sale Ban Next Week, Hospodarske Says

The Czech government may present a plan to relax the sale ban on beverages containing over 20 percent of alcohol by Sept. 26 as it takes measures to control liquor distribution, Hospodarske Noviny said, citing a decree signed by Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek.

The ban, imposed after dozens of people died from illegally bottled liquor containing methyl-alcohol, will be relaxed to allow the sale of bottles produced and sealed after the methanol crisis, the newspaper said. The government plans to restrict the distribution of hard liquor to licensed retailers only, Lidove Noviny reported.

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