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Fri Jun 26, 2020, 02:50 AM

Legal Street Parties: Michigan Lawmakers OK Drinking Zones

Why should taking bar drinks outside be confined to patios, resort hotels and the Bourbon Street area of New Orleans?

In that spirit, and at a time when outdoor activities are safer than crowding into a bar (talkin' about you, Harper's), Michigan senators and representatives Wednesday gave final clearance for cities to allow "social districts." The move amends the state Liquor Control Code of 1998 to permit open alcohol containers in marked areas.

After the governor signs on and local officials define partying zones, cocktails, beer and wine from adjacent bars can be enjoyed while making new friends outside or toasting old ones in Greektown, Corktown and the Cass Corridor, for example. "Commons areas" can have seating and other amenities.

Rep. Michael Webber, a Republican from Rochester Hills, introduced the proposal May 19 with bipartisan support to help Michigan bars, restaurants and drinkers through a Covid-19 dry spell.

Read more: https://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/25601/legal_street_parties_michigan_lawmakers_ok_drinking_zones

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