Metro-North Bans Alcohol On All Trains, Stations Due To SantaCon

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Metro North has imposed a 24-hour ban on alcohol during SantaCon this year. Photo Credit: Flickr user garryknight

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, N.Y. -- Metro-North has imposed a 24-hour ban on alcohol on all trains coming in and out of New York City, including in Fairfield County, as well as at all train stations. 

The ban was put in place because of SantaCon, the annual gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes who parade on streets and in bars in cities around the world.

The ban will be enforced by MTA Police starting at noon Saturday, Dec. 14, and running until noon Sunday, Dec. 15. Police will confiscate illegal liquor and issue summonses carrying fines up to $50 or 30 days imprisonment or both. Violators may also be subject to ejection from the train or station by police.

MTA Police Officers will be on duty at Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station, train stations and on trains to enforce this restriction. 

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