Newsstands No Longer Allowed to Sell Snacks and Beverages

Newsstands no longer allowed to sell snacks and beveragesAccording to the city urban management bureau, newsstands found around the city will no longer be allowed to sell snacks or beverages. But enforcing this new regulation will be difficult and will take time which has prompted authorities to do it after the Universiade.

There are 1,366 licensed newsstands located around the city, and selling snacks and cold beverages have been a major source of profit for them, even when they are only licensed to sell newspapers and magazines. Allowing outdoor newsstands to sell snacks is not fair to the indoor vendors since they need to pay more taxes.

The regulation will be strictly imposed after the Universiade games and any newsstands caught selling snacks or beverages will have their licenses revoked. Also, more than 4,000 public phone booths have been removed in the span of two years. The rarely used public phone booths were littered with garbage and illegal advertisements and were an eyesore to incoming visitors for the Universiade.

The city urban management bureau will be relocating around 800 newsstands and renovating outdoor advertisements in preparation for the Universiade. Food carts and newsstands on main roads will be removed but will remain in residential neighborhoods.

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