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Look under-25? You’ll need an ID to buy alcohol

Orkney Islands Council is reminding individuals and businesses in Orkney, that anyone who looks under the age of 25 must now be asked for ID when being served or sold alcohol.

This is a result of new alcohol laws which have come into effect this month. This means anyone attending premises or events where alcohol is sold, who is or looks under 25,  will need to carry an appropriate form of ID.

Businesses selling alcohol are advised to have prominent signs displayed, informing customers of ID requirements.  They are also advised to have their staff sign a written policy, to indicate that staff understand what is required of them.

Jane Russell, OIC’s licensing standards officer, has been visiting licensed premises to bring them up to date with the new legislation.

She said: “With the Christmas festive season approaching it is important that people are aware of the new requirement.

“We strongly recommend that anyone organising alcohol for events or taking party bookings at a venue lets parties know about the new age verification requirement.”