BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - The western Alaska hub town of Bethel is implementing stricter alcohol laws.

KYUK-AM reports the Bethel City Council unanimously approved the new regulations after some amendments.

In the Tuesday decision, the council added a requirement that liquor stores employ security guards at night.

Under the new rules, customers may buy no more than three bottles of hard alcohol a day.

Some council members favored a two-bottle limit.

Council member Perry Barr said anyone purchasing more than two bottles could signal criminal intent.

The changes also include an attempt to curb public alcohol consumption. Police previously had to catch people drinking, but now they can act if someone has an open container in public spaces.

Now customers also must show state IDs, which show alcohol-restricted status.

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