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article imageThings just got dicey for noisy domino players in Seville, Spain

By Anne Sewell     Jul 25, 2014 in World
Seville - It seems players of dominoes and dice games on café and bar terraces in the southern Spanish city of Seville have been making just too much noise. Now authorities are cracking down, banning the games from outdoor areas.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Spain is the noisiest country in the whole of Europe. While WHO recommends limits of 55 decibels during daytime hours and 45 decibels at night, the average Spaniard has to put up with noise levels of at least 70 decibels. However, it seems that people have had enough and Seville is trying to make a change.
In a move that probably won't be too popular with the locals, authorities in Seville have made the rather unusual choice to ban dice and domino games in outside areas, such as bar, café and restaurant terraces, in an effort to cut down on some of the noise in the city.
It is not just the loud and cheering players of games, however, as they are cracking down on all sorts of noise in the city.
According to new regulations, unnecessary revving of car engines and loud televisions on restaurant and cafe terraces will also be a no-no. There will also be no eating or drinking while standing next to café terraces. The rolling of beer barrels in the street, a common sight when resupplying the bars in the area, will also need to stop.
When it comes to religious processions and holidays, however, fireworks will still be allowed in the city.
While most of the new regulations were suggested by neighborhood associations, apparently 40 percent were ultimately voted in by the Seville PP city council. With ongoing criticism between the two major parties in Spain, opposition groups are likely to see these new regulations as regressive and they will doubt the ability of the police to enforce them.
Despite this, the Department of the Environment argues that the legislation reconciles the economic development of the city with the right to rest of residents and that the ordinance is based on the regional legislation.
No doubt those wishing for a bit of peace and quiet will welcome the new measures with open arms.
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