Representative Michael Webber (R-Rochester Hills) introduced legislation this week allowing municipalities the option to establish drinking areas where people can purchase alcoholic beverages on the go. In areas where “social districts” are in place, people of legal drinking age can walk around in public with an alcohol beverage as long as they remain within the boundaries of the district. The bill sponsor aims to provide another way for the industry to make up for the financial losses suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic, while allowing customers to practice social distancing. Under the plan, local governments would be given the sole authority to permit and revoke social districts. The bill was referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee for consideration.
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