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Stevens Point open container policy now in effect

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Beginning Wednesday at noon, Stevens point began allowing customers of downtown restaurants to carry out their alcoholic beverages out into the downtown area.

The city is hoping that by offering the open container policy, local bars and restaurants will be able to make up for lost revenue due to social distancing restrictions.

The thinking behind the ordinance is that restaurants and bars now have a limited capacity and since patrons can't stay, revenue generated from alcohol sales is being lost.

So, by allowing customers to carryout alcohol into the immediate downtown area, the establishments won't take as hard of a hit financially.

"We do feel strong that it's a great way to give a little shot in the arm to help us out and give us a new life in the community saying," said Troy Hojnacki the President of Stevens Point Alliance, Downtown Point.

"This is a great location, great downtown, ample distance to social distance yourself and people are going to recognize the value of what we've been given the opportunity to show that everyone can benefit from."

The option to carryout alcohol will only be available Wednesday through Friday, 12-9P.M.

Alex Stewart

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