Here’s what the new cup and wristband looks like that will be used in the Middletown Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area. The cups will begin being used on Jan. 4 and the wristbands will be mandatory starting Feb. 1. One side of the cup will have the Middletown DORA logo and the opposite side will have the DORA rules. The wristbands will cost $1 and is good all day in the Middletown DORA. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Middletown suspending DORA district due to coronavirus outbreak

The DORA district has not been in operation since last weekend before Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all bars and restaurants in the state, other than take-out, closed because of the outbreak.

Police Chief David Birk is requesting the temporary DORA suspension effective today.

The DORA hours are from noon to midnight, seven days a week. The DORA ordinance allows these hours to be modified to accommodate special circumstances or events, Birk said.

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The process to alter these hours begins with a request to the police chief, who can either deny the request or approve the request with concurrence of City Council.

“We believe this will aid in preventing spreading the virus, especially in the downtown area. With your concurrence, I would like to approve this request,” he said.

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