After the entry into force of the Federal ban on the sale of alcohol for food service establishments in residential houses with room service at least 20 sq m of its measures began to offer the regions. According to “OPORA Russia”, about half of subjects of the Russian Federation are working on more stringent requirements, setting the minimum surface of the rooms to such points of 50 sq m, which jeopardizes the work of full-fledged restaurants. Only in Moscow it threatened to shut down 3 thousand points, and will aggravate the situation of the industry, already affected by the measures to combat COVID-19.The legislature, about half of the Russian regions are working on the issue of the ban sale of alcohol in bars, cafes and restaurants in residential houses with room service less than 50 sq m, said “Kommersant” the Chairman of the Committee on manufacture of beer and fermented beverages, “Support of Russia” Alexei nebol’sin. In some regions, including Sevastopol, Bryansk oblast and the Moscow region, the relevant bills were passed in the first reading. According to Mr. nebol, almost all regions can impose their own restrictions on this issue until the end of may.Federal bill giving entities the right to regulate the sale of alcohol in cafes in residential buildings came into force on 5 may. The document introduces a ban on the sale of alcohol for points with a hall of service of visitors less than 20 sq. m. As noted by Alexei nebol’sin, this already solves the problem of so-called nalivaek. But regional measures in the current view can touch full-fledged restaurants with a total area of about 120 square metres, with the kitchen, warehouse and others, he warns.The President of the Federation of restaurateurs and hoteliers, Igor Bukharov confirms this conclusion. According to him, to increase service hall in this case, no one will be: easier to open a new business. But such bans in General will cause many to wonder whether it is necessary to run the business, indicates Mr. Bukharov.According to “OPORA Russia”, only in Moscow about 3 thousand outlets catering to the residential hall service less than 50 sq. m. As noted in the organization, just right on the alcohol trade in the country has about 28-30 thousand restaurants, cafes and bars in residential buildings. Given that alcohol accounts for up to 40-50% of revenue establishments, stricter requirements for the minimum area of a hall will make the work placed under restrictions points unprofitable, says Mr. nebol’sin.According to him, such measures will further worsen the situation of the industry, which was severely affected by the restrictive measures against COVID-19. As a result, after the quarantine can be opened even less points, the market catering to the downside is stronger, reduced income from rent and taxes, lists Alexei nebol’sin. The Ministry of industry and trade to questions “b” is not answered. Representativetel Moscow regional Duma, noted that the bill may be adjusted.The President of the Union of manufacturers of alcoholic production (includes Roust, Beluga Group and other) Igor Kosarev sure that such restrictions will lead to growth of consumption of illegal alcohol. According to him, after the introduction of the minimum area for stores eligible to sell alcohol, and appreciation of the appropriate licenses, the number of legal points with alcohol has halved — from 400 thousand to 200 thousand shops. And the rest without a license points have started to trade fake products to bypass the box office, he points out.According to mister Kosarev, today about 30% of alcohol on the Russian market illegal products, to combat which would be worth to reduce the amount of the excise tax and the cost of alcohol licenses, which would have resulted in the growth legal market of at least 95%. “And then you can deal with constraints of different kinds,” he says. According to Alexei nebol, for noise control in residential buildings, for example, sufficient restrictions on the sale of alcohol at the time. In its current form, he said, the regional initiatives, resemble a struggle with himself and catering.Anatoly Kostyriv