DC Mayor Urges Council to Pass the Reopen Washington, DC Alcohol Act

DC Mayor Urges Council to Pass the Reopen Washington, DC Alcohol Act

Mayor Bowser Urges Council to Pass the Reopen Washington, DC Alcohol Act as Local Restaurants and Residents Express Continued Support for Reimagining Public Space

Washington, DC (STL.News) Mayor Muriel Bowser called on the Council of the District of Columbia to take up and pass the Reopen Washington, DC Alcohol Act to help support the District’s recovery and provide innovative approaches to help rebuild the District’s economy. The Bowser Administration released two public surveys conducted by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Office of Planning (OP) showing broad support for the DC Streatery Program, and that restaurants have experienced positive economic benefits by participating in the DC Streatery Program.  According to DDOT’s survey, 89% of local businesses operating a streatery overwhelmingly support a permanent DDOT Streatery Program.

“Our local business community has been resilient, but we know that to get through this pandemic and ultimately recover, we will also need to seize this opportunity to be bold and innovative,” said Mayor Bowser.  “The Streatery Program has been one example of a lifeline that helped businesses operate safely, stay afloat, keep their employees on the payroll.  We look forward to working with the Council to extend the Streatery Program, even after the public health emergency ends.”

Proposed provisions in the Reopen Washington, DC Alcohol Act include:

  • Extending programs introduced on an emergency basis, including streateries
  • Establishing a Commercial Lifestyle License that allows patrons to walk around and consume alcohol purchased from on-premises establishments within predefined boundaries
  • Creating a new 25% full-service grocery store Class A License to help attract new full service grocery stores to Wards 7 and 8.

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