Bemidji City Council to consider seasonal outdoor dining alcohol licenses in work session

The Bemidji City Council will discuss two items during their work session Monday.

The first item on the agenda is a discussion on amending the alcoholic beverage restrictions for public rights of way.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, alcoholic beverages were permitted to be served in the temporary dining areas that used sidewalks and some parking spaces during the emergency phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since those emergency powers ended, alcoholic beverages are not permitted on streets or sidewalks.

The amendments were offered by the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce and some of the individual restaurant owners that participated in the COVID temporary outdoor dining.

The revisions add “seasonal license expansion” to include outdoor dining areas, seasonal expansion of license, sidewalk cafes and street cafes.

The council will also discuss participating in a national opioid settlement.

The Janssen Settlement was agreed on last July, and government entities have until Jan. 2 to sign on.

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