City gives update on open container areas

City gives update on open container areas

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The City of Cincinnati is giving an update on the progress being made toward the establishment of "Outdoor Refreshment Areas" (ORAs).

The city says nothing is imminent about a decision for that would allow for a permanent "Outdoor Refreshment Areas." However, the city is exploring the creation of one ORA at The Banks in partnership with interested stakeholders, businesses, and community members who are pursuing the designation.

The city says The Banks is considered a prime location for an ORA.

Governor John Kasich signed the open container bill last year to allow entertainment districts. That means in certain areas you can walk around outside with your beer like they do in designated areas in Middletown.

Cincinnati is allowed two such areas under the law. There was talk last year about an entertainment district finally coming to the banks in time for the All-Star Game, but it didn't happen.

The Banks is housed On Cincinnati's world-class riverfront, and there is an established nightlife scene and a growing residential population already in place.

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