Downtown Canton gets open container area

Posted at 12:30 PM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 12:50:26-04
Canton City Council voted Monday night to create an outdoor open container district in downtown Canton.
Council designated a Downtown Canton Designated Outdoor Refreshment area that encompasses around 69 acres. According to the ordinance, the hours of operation are Monday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
All beer, wine and liquor served in the refreshment arae is required to be in plastic bottles or other plastic containers.
City Council is slated to review the designated area in five years and either approve or dissolve it.
Canton's measure passed just shy of a year since Gov. John Kasich signed a bill on April 30, 2015 to let some Ohio cities create outdoor refreshment areas where revelers could walk outside with open containers of alcohol. 
The measure allowed cities of a certain size to create areas exempted from Ohio's open-container law, which generally prohibits a person from carrying an open container of beer or liquor in public.