Ohio Cities Could Create Areas For Open-Alcohol Containers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s governor has signed a bill to let some cities create outdoor refreshment areas where revelers could walk outside with open containers of alcohol.

Gov. John Kasich’s office says he signed the proposal Thursday. An emergency clause in the legislation allows it to take effect immediately.

The measure will allow cities of a certain size to create areas exempted from the state’s open-container law. That law generally prohibits a person from carrying an open container of beer or liquor in public.

The idea is to allow for entertainment districts similar to Bourbon Street in New Orleans and Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.

Supporters of the proposal want to create such areas in time for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14.