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Kalamazoo creates social district where drinking, walking will be allowed during pandemic

Posted at 2:59 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 14:59:06-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Kalamazoo City Commission approved a resolution during its Monday meeting to create an outdoor social district downtown where drinking will be allowed, in an effort to help businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Guests will be able to purchase alcohol and drink as long as they remain in the commons area, the Commission said.

The boundaries of the Kalamazoo Downtown Economic Growth Authority include the Kalamazoo Mall, Michigan Avenue and designated adjacent blocks.

“This is an opportunity to support businesses during a time when indoor capacities are limited and many people are most comfortable being outdoors,” Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership President Andrew Haan said. “The creation of a commons area gives us the opportunity to marry the need to help businesses keep doors open and the community’s desire to have more outdoor, socially-distant activities.”

A Public Act was signed into law in July, allowing municipalities to create social districts and commons areas within those districts.

Alcohol may be served in plastic cups up to 16 oz., clearly identifying the district the establishment is affiliated with, the Commission said.