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Are children/teens allowed to stay in restaurants or dance halls / ballrooms?

 
Austria  

In addition to above mentioned time regulation it is also important to note that the event is allowed for children and young people. 

Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland:
A person up to 14 years of age (accompanied by their parent) is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and 10 pm.
From 14 up to 16 years of age a person is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and 1 am of the following day (accompanied by their parent).      

Styria:
A person up to 14 years of age is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and 9pm.
From 14 up to 16 years of age a person is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and 11pm.
From 16 years of age a person is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and 2 am of the following day.
If the person is accompanied by their parents, the time limit does not apply.
From 14 years of age a person is allowed to stay in schools or youth organisations after 11 pm without being accompanied by their parents.      

Carinthia:
Children unaccompanied by their parents are not allowed to stay without good cause in venues serving patrons of the hospitality industry. This prohibition applies to young persons in the period from midnight to 5:00am and in the night before Sunday and holidays to young people up to 16 years of age from 2:00am to 5:00am. Children accompanied by their parents may stay until midnight at the latest. "Good cause" means, for example, staying to eat meals or to bridge waiting times, provided their parents approve.

Upper Austria:
A person up to 14 years of age is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and 10pm. These restriction does not apply, if the person is accompanied by their parents.
From 14 up to 16 years of age a person is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and midnight. There is no restriction from 16 years of age.      

Salzburg:
A person up to 12 years of age is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and 9pm.
A person up to 14 years of age is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and 10pm.
From 14 up to 16 years of age a person is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and 11pm.
From 14 up to 16 years of age a person is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and midnight if the following day will be a Sunday or official holiday.      

Tyrol:
Children up to 14 years of age are only allowed to stay in restaurants if accompanied by a parent or in the case of good cause. Young people up to 16 years of age are allowed to stay in restaurants and dance halls until 1:00am unaccompanied by their parents.      

Vorarlberg:
A person up to 12 years of age is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and 10pm.
From 12 up to 14 years of age a person is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and 11pm.
From 14 up to 16 years of age a person is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and midnight.
From 16 up to 18 years of age a person is allowed to stay in public places between 5am and 2am of the following day.

 
Belgium  

Restaurants: There is no legislation.

Dance Halls / Ballrooms: From 16 and accompanied by adults: No age limit

(Law 15 July 1960 for moral protection of youth).

An unaccompanied children, who has not reached 16 years of age is not allowed to stay in restaurants from 22.00 o´clock to 6.00 o´clock. If anyone allows from 22.00 o’clock to 6.00 o’clock an unaccompanied child, who has not reached 16 years of age in his commercial property, can be fined either in cash or with property sanction.

Disco/Dancehall: Young people under 18 years must leave the discotheque to 10 pm. Additionally there is a child Disco.

Cyprus  

Restaurants: There is no legislation.

Dance Halls/Discos: From 16

There is no legislation.

Germany  

Children and adolescents below the age of 16 years shall not be present in a restaurant or dance halls unless they are accompanied by a custodial person or a person with parental power. Adolescents as of the age of 16 years shall not be present in a restaurant between midnight and 5 a.m. unless they are accompanied by a custodial person or a person with parental power.

These clause shall not apply to children or adolescents who are travelling or who attend an event sponsored by a youth welfare body.

(§§ 4.1 und 5.1 JuSchG) and (§§ 4.2 und 5.2 JuSchG)



Denmark  

There is no legislation about when children and young persons are allowed to stay in restaurants. There is no legislation about whether children or young people are allowed to stay in dance halls/ballrooms. The dance halls/ballrooms have their own regulations telling when young persons are allowed to stay in the dance halls or ballrooms.

Estonia  

Restaurants:

It extends to the general movement of children should Republic of Estonia Child Protection Act, ie. without adult supervision should not be a public place during the period from 23-7.00 (summer 0.00-5.00) to stay. (§ 23 Restriction of freedom of movement of minors).

Dance Halls:

It extends to the general movement of children should Republic of Estonia Child Protection Act , ie. without adult supervision should not be a public place during the period from 23.00-7.00 (summer 0.00-5.00) to stay.

Often the restriction is prohibited under the age of 21.


Spain  

A child may well be unaccompanied in a restaurant. The restaurant managers only suspect that something may go wrong if the child is very young, or during school time, or late at night, or if child look is suspecting, and then will alert police. People under 18 cannot access alone to areas reserved for smokers in restaurants and bars. In some regions cannot access these areas even if accompanied by their responsible adults.

Many dance halls do not allow entry to children under 18, especially at night. Some dance halls allow access at night after 16 years. There are also special ballrooms just for teens from 14 to 18 years not serving spirits and not allowing smoking, and that only work in the evenings. Children can come to adult dance halls if accompanied by their parents or legal guardians demonstrating that, under his responsibility, and in any case where the establishment's activities do not cause harm in their physical, psychological and moral.

Finland  

Restaurants:

Children are allowed to stay in restaurants, but it is forbidden to serve drinks containing alcohol to a person under 18 years (Alcohol Act 1143 / 1993 Alkoholilaki, § 24).

Dance Halls:

The only restrictions concerning presence in these kind of places are the ones concerning use and purchase of alcoholic products.

France  

Restaurants:

According to art. 85 law on combating tobacco dependency and alcoholism, unaccompanied minors under 16 years of age must not stay in restaurants. Unaccompanied minors over 13 years of age are allowed to stay in restaurants if these would have a licence for serving non-alcoholic beverages. Unaccompanied minors under 13 years of age must not stay in restaurants (regardless of their licence). Article L. 3342-3 of the Public Health Code also regulate these provisions.

The national assembly decided a new law on the protection of minors which has to be confirmed by the Senate. This law provide a ban on serving unaccompanied minors under 16 years of age in restaurants.


Dance Halls:

There is no legislation about minors in night clubs, bars, similar entertainment districts or dance halls. French legislation relating night clubs is primarily concerned with questions about noise pollution. Art. 85 law on combating tobacco dependency and alcoholism shall also apply for night clubs and dance halls. A unaccompanied minor is not allowed to stay in public houses and restaurants. These description also goes with night clubs. Therefore art. 3342-3 of the Public Health Code applies to night clubs, bars and ballrooms. In general, minors under 16 years of age are not admitted.


Restaurants:

Yes, from any age, although there may be restrictions at the restaurant's discretion.


Dance Halls:

Yes, if they are over 16. However, most bars and nightclubs enforce a limit of 18 due to alcohol laws.

Greece  

Restaurants:

There is no legislation. Parents are responsible.


Dance Halls:

Unaccompanied minors will not be allowed to stay in dance halls or ballrooms.


Hungary  

Restaurants:

They are allowed to stay in restaurants at any time.


Dance Halls:

There is no legislation. Most dance halls have their own rules.

Ireland  

Restaurants:

They are allowed to stay in restaurants until 9 pm when accompanied by their parents or legal guardian, with exception cases of private events between 15 and 17 years old young persons.


Dance Halls:

The acess depends on the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Italy  

Restaurants:

In general, public establishments to which minors have no entry make this prohibition clearly visible at the entrance, indicating the age limit as well. There is no specific law defining an age limit for entering establishments in the restaurant industry (restaurants, pizzerias, fast food restaurants, coffee shops, pubs), whether alone or in the company of adults. In general, minors tend to visit fast food restaurants, pizzerias, pubs and coffee shops unaccompanied.


Discos:

When speaking of dance halls and places were dancing lessons are given, common sense requires a certain minimum entry age for the latter. Certainly, the principle applies here as well under which public establishments where entry is prohibited to minors must make this prohibition clearly visible at the entrance, indicating the relevant age limit as well.

As far as discos are concerned, the law prohibits entry for unaccompanied children under the age of 16. In fact, however, even 14-year-olds are allowed in. The precise law is unavailable to us, however.


In general, public establishments to which minors have no entry make this prohibition clearly visible at the entrance, indicating the age limit as well. Patronizing night clubs and bars is prohibited for children under the age of 16. On the weekends especially, young people frequent movie theaters, pubs, pizzerias and theaters in the early evening hours (5 PM- 8 PM) or later evening (9 PM- 11 PM).


Restaurants:

There is no legislation. Children are allowed to stay in restaurants with consent of their parents.

Dance Halls:

Children are allowed to stay in specifc ballrooms (e.g. clubs for children).

Restaurants:

Minors under the age of 16 who are not accompanied by an adult exercising the duty of supervision are not allowed to enter taverns and restaurants. This prohibition does not apply for adolescents under the age of 16 who are traveling and therefore compelled to eat outside of their parental home, or in the event of festivities which are held in the minor's honor (Act of 29 June 1989).


Discos:

See the section on restaurants.


Latvia  

Restaurants:

There is no specific prohibition regarding the restaurants, but above and below mentioned prohibitions apply.

Dance Halls:

There are no specific prohibitions regarding the dance halls and ballrooms, but above and below mentioned prohibitions apply.

Malta  

The age of entry for places of entertainment, dancing halls, discos and dance theaters (the latter is excluded if the dance on stage is viewed by a sitting audience) is 16 years, so that persons younger than 15 may not enter. In addition, persons aged 16 and up must identify themselves to the owner.

In the case of establishments (bars, etc.) which have a license to sell wine and alcohol/spirits, minors may not be present in or loiter outside of such places (Subsidiary Legislation 10/09 and Cap. 10, § 185A).

Children of any age may be present in restaurants when accompanied by their parents or by a guardian (as the case may be).

Restaurants:

Yes, although not all restaurant owners cater for or have specific provisions for (families with) children. There is no formal age limit.


Dance Halls:

There are no legal restrictions barring children/young people from dance halls/ballrooms. As regards discos and other establishments where alcohol is served, they generally have a policy restricting access to people over 16, 18 or older.

Poland  

Restaurants:

The decision as to whether children and adolescents are allowed to be present in taverns and restaurants is to be made by the parents. There are many restaurants which target children and adolescents.

Dance Halls:

See the response with respect to places which are morally harmful to youth.

Restaurants:
They are allowed to stay in restaurants (regardless from their age).

Disco:
A person have to be 16 years of age to enter a disco or bar.

Dance Halls:
From 12

Romania  

There is still no information

Sweden  

Restaurants:

There is no law prohibiting children from staying in restaurants with or without being accompanied by adults, but children may not be served alcoholic beverages. For that reason, many restaurants have themselves imposed age limits for children who are not accompanied by an adult. Smoking is restricted in restaurants irrespective of the age of the smoker.


Dance Halls, Discos:

There is no law prohibiting children from being in nightclubs or similar entertainment districts but they may not be served alcohol and smoking is restricted in those districts. Most clubs have their own rules preventing anyone under the age of 18 from entering.

Restaurants:

As regards the minimum age requirement for access of minors to restaurants, there are no legal provisions thereof.

Diskos:

It is forbidden for children under 16 years of age to enter and stay in night clubs, bars or similar entertainment districts, concerts, shows or other performances where alcohol beverages are served between 12 am and 5 am unaccompanied by parents, foster father or mother or a guardian.

This restriction is not valid if only non-alcohol beverages are served.

In the Republic of Slovakia has not been any guidance or legislation in this field. It is, however, said that the municipality may issue generally binding regulations, which governs the area.

 

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