Providence Temporarily Suspends Open-Container Law for March Madness

Many bars and restuarants will be hosting outdoor parties where people will be allowed to carry drinks from place to place within certain zones

While NCAA prohibits the Dunkin' Donuts Center from serving alcohol at the March Madness basketball games Thursday and Saturday, Providence is temporarily suspending its open-container law to create two zones where drinking will be allowed outside.

In a zone downtown and a zone on Federal Hill, people will be allowed to walk on the street with alcohol downtown, from Dorrance to Empire streets between Fountain and Washington streets.

This suspension will take place Thursday, March 17 and Saturday, March 19, from 3-11 P.M., according to mayoral spokerperson Emily Crowell.

Open containers will also be allowed on Atwells Avenue btween Acorn and Garibaldi Square from 3-9 P.M. Thursday through Saturday.

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