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Montgomery reopens leisure districts with new provisions

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – The city of Montgomery will officially reopen its entertainment districts on Thursday, but with new regulations.

According to the city, the reopening includes several provisions that are intended to “upgrade” the three entertainment districts. One of these will be the use of plastic cups to help restaurants and bars monitor sales. There will also be more clearly defined boundaries for each district and improved signage.

City officials say this will be the official logo of the Montgomery entertainment district.((Source: City of Montgomery))

The Downtown Entertainment District was closed in January 2018, preventing people from walking around with open alcohol containers. Reed then closed the two Cloverdale Entertainment Districts at the start of the pandemic.

Montgomery has closed its entertainment districts to fight the spread of COVID-19.(Source: WSFA 12 News)

“This will be an on-going work and regulation that will grow and evolve with the needs of our business world,” said Mayor Steven Reed. “As the Montgomery tourism and hospitality industry continues to recover, we will implement policies and programs that increase pedestrian traffic, liveliness and the overall quality of the place.”

As part of the district improvement process, Reed worked with local business owners to work out the new regulations that will encourage growth, stimulate trade and increase safety.

The city now also has an information page to answer frequently asked questions about its entertainment districts: https://www.montgomeryal.gov/PLAY/ENTERTAINMENT-DISTRICTS

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