Stevens Point shifts to permanently allowing open intoxicants
By Taylor Hale
STEVENS POINT – City leaders unanimously approved a motion to make the downtown open intoxicants ordinance permanent on Oct. 18.
The ordinance first came about to help local businesses stay operational during the pandemic.
“We did it for a whole season this year and had no issues,”
The current program was slated to end on Oct. 31, but will now run indefinitely or until issues arise that cause the city to look into changing the regulations.
This will allow locals to carry open intoxicants in the defined area from noon to 9 p.m. daily. The designated area runs through the downtown area, stretching out to parts of Water Street and Centerpoint Drive.
Wiza said that the idea of starting at noon was to allow people to grab a drink outside during the lunch hour.
To learn more about the city’s open intoxicants rules, visit Stevenspoint.com.