DENVER (CBS4)– Denver City Council voted Tuesday night to pass a common consumption bill. The new law will allow patrons to leave a restaurant with an alcoholic beverage during special events.

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The measure will allow for drinking alcohol from different establishments in pre-determined common areas such as the Santa Fe Arts District where the streets are closed to traffic. The ordinance will allow customers to enjoy their beverage out of the confines of certain businesses.

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Many businesses lose customers during special events like Oktoberfest, where outdoor consumption is allowed.

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The proposal calls for a five-year pilot program in Denver. A public hearing is required for all applicants. The pilot program is set to begin next spring.

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LINK: Information On Denver’s Common Consumption Areas