Local bars, restaurants to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. during RNC

CLEVELAND -- The Republican National Convention will be a blend of work and play.

And the partying for the Republicans will be allowed to go longer in qualifying local bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

Under a new Ohio law, holders of most Ohio liquor permits are eligible for a waiver during a "major event" from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.

The law impacts Columbus and Cleveland, and the RNC qualifies as a major event.

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The establishments must be in Cuyahoga County or the six counties surrounding it, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit.

The waiver will allow alcohol to be served until 4 a.m. It will run from Sunday, July 17 to Thursday, July 21.

Establishments requesting the waiver must fill out an application and submit it to the mayor or city manager of the community it's located in before March 21. If the jurisdiction is a township, the application should go to the fiscal officer.

Officials will compile a list of applicants and consult with the local police chief or sheriff to decide if an applicant will be put on a list of accepted candidates. That must be completed by April 18.

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By May 18, the list must be submitted to the Department of Liquor Control.

By June 17, the Division of Liquor Control will review the list and issue waivers to all approved applicant permit holders.

The division may reject applications for good cause.

The City of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Downtown Cleveland Alliance collaborated with the State on this process.

Information about the waiver has been shared with venues identified by the Convention Host Committee as sites or possible sites for convention-related events.



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