Oregon Liquor Control to Limit Alcohol at Tavern Patios
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is set to vote Thursday on rules that would limit how late alcohol can be served and amplified music can be played in outdoor seating areas at bars and taverns.
Many neighborhood bars installed, expanded or spruced up patio areas after the state's indoor-smoking ban took effect in January 2009.
In Portland, many of these are bars are located in neighborhoods, and the laughter and loud voices are keeping neighbors awake.
Right now, amplified music is prohibited after midnight, but sales and service can continue until last call at 2:30 a.m.
In the proposal, amplified music would cease at 10 p.m., and sales and service would stop at 1 a.m. on weekends and 11 p.m. on weekdays.
The rules would apply statewide.
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