Marysville Outdoor Refreshment Area

In April 2018, it was announced that the City of Marysville was considering the

creation of the Marysville Outdoor Refreshment Area (MORA). The issue was formally

brought to City Council on June 25 and was formally approved on July 23.

The first MORA event was Rocktoberfest on October 5. 

Under Ohio Law, an outdoor refreshment area allows adults aged 21 years or older to purchase alcoholic beverages from a qualified liquor permit holder within specific boundaries and walk around outside with the drink during specific days, hours, and/or events.

Is Marysville the First Community to Establish an Outdoor Refreshment Area?

  • No. In fact, several communities across Ohio have already created Outdoor Refreshment Areas, including Delaware, Worthington, Hilliard, and Lancaster here in Central Ohio. Larger cities, such as Toledo, Middletown, Hamilton, and Canton, have had Outdoor Refreshment Areas since 2016. 

Who Has Been Involved in Discussions?

  • While considering the creation of an Outdoor Refreshment Area in Marysville, City staff and Team Marysville representatives met with representatives from Worthington, Hilliard, and Delaware to learn more about the "pros and cons" of the program, and to document and incorporate "best practices."

  • Representatives from the Marysville Division of Police, Marysville Fire Department, City Administration and Council, the Union County Health Department, Union County Mental Health & Recovery Board, and the Union County Drug Free Coalition have been actively engaged and involved with discussions. 

  • Team Marysville representatives and City staff have engaged Uptown restaurant and business owners.

When Would the MORA Be Active?

The MORA is available Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and Sunday 12:00 to 10:00 PM only during official City-approved MORA events.

Where is the MORA?

The MORA spans 15 acres of Uptown Marysville, mostly bounded north to south by Fourth Street to Seventh Street, and East to West from Oak Street to Court Street. Signs will mark the parameters where patrons can walk with their beverages (see map below).

What are the Rules?

  • Alcoholic beverages can only be sold to individuals 21 years and older.

  • Beverages (beer and wine only) must be purchased from a participating establishment.

  • No outside beverages would be permitted to be brought into the MORA.

  • All patrons must present their ID and receive a special wristband at a participating establishment.

  • Any beverages consumed outdoors must be in designated 10-ounce (wine) or 16-ounce (beer) plastic cups.

  • Only two beverages may be purchased at a time.

  • No beverages may be carried from one participating establishment into another.

  • Beverages may be carried into other businesses at the sole discretion of said business.

Where Could Beverages Be Purchased?

  1. The Ville Grille

  2. Fiesta Grande

  3. Stephen’s Lounge

  4. Elks Lodge #1130

  5. The Half Pint

  6. The Old Bag of Nails

  7. Leon's Garage/House of Spirits

  8. The Fraternal Order of Eagles

Who Would Be Monitoring the MORA?

  • Special Duty officers from the Marysville Division of Police will be hired by event organizers to patrol during MORA approved special events.

  • Each establishment is responsible for verifying the age of patrons and providing wristbands prior to selling beverages.

  • The Marysville Police Chief and the Marysville City Manager have the power to temporarily or permanently suspend and/or dissolve the MORA.

  • Participating establishments that are found in violation of the MORA rules will be subject to suspension.

What Does it Cost?

  • There is no additional cost to patrons outside of the typical price of beverages.

  • Participating establishments are responsible for supplying the plastic cups and arranging the purchase of MORA stickers and wristbands from the City of Marysville.

Important Note:

All State of Ohio and City of Marysville laws regarding public intoxication, impaired driving, and open containers continue to apply to areas both inside and outside of the MORA boundaries. Violators of established laws will be subject to arrest.

For more information on Outdoor Refreshment Areas, please refer to Ohio Revised Code § 4301.82.


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