No Alcohol At Nursing Home - The Reykjavik Grapevine

No Alcohol At Nursing Home

Published July 23, 2012

A nursing home which has sought to be allowed to sell beer and wine to its residents has been denied a permit on technical grounds.
While the idea has been a long time coming, the plan to sell alcohol at the nursing home Hrafnista was officially introduced last week. The concept was basically to allow for the sale of beer and wine to Hrafnista residents, available in the café, until 20:00.
Guðmundur Hallvarðsson, the managing director of Hrafnista, told RÚV that he believed the time had come to allow the elderly to enjoy a glass or two of beer or wine should they so desire. Residents interviewed expressed a positive outlook on the idea.
However, the nursing home’s permission to sell alcohol has been denied, albeit not because anyone believes the elderly should not be allowed to drink. Rather, the matter hinges on a legal technicality. Hrafnista is defined by law to be a residential institution; not a service institution, which could then be granted a liquor licence.
Planning director Ólöf Örvarsdóttir told Fréttablaðið that in order to grant the licence, technical changes need to be made within city records.


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