Middletown police has suspended the downtown Designated Outdoor Refreshment District due to the 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.
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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