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Should OTR Be Open Container To Give Restaurants A Boost?

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Partial closures near Findlay Market include Race Street between Elder and Findlay, Court and 9th, 6th and 5th streets.

The city of Cincinnati is closing parts of 25 streets in Over-the-Rhine and Downtown to make room for more outdoor seating at local restaurants. The move comes after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced restaurants can begin opening for outdoor dining on Friday, May 15, and it is meant to allow for greater social distancing of diners.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati City Council Member Chris Seelbach is proposing a designated outdoor refreshment area, or DORA, for Over-the-Rhine. Milford and Wyoming already have open container districts. Seelbach says the idea is to help with social distancing and support bars and restaurants. Open container districts are not currently on City Council's upcoming agenda.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss opening up Over-the-Rhine and Downtown for dining is Cincinnati City Council Member Chris Seelbach.

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