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Bar patrons won’t have to go home quite as early in Oxford

January 19, 2019

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Bar patrons won’t be able to buy alcohol any later in one Mississippi college town, but they will get a little longer to finish their drinks.

The Oxford Eagle reports that aldermen have approved a resolution allowing patrons at bars near the Oxford square to consume alcohol until 2 a.m. most nights, although they won’t be able to buy alcohol after 1 a.m. The city will complete a change to its ordinances later.

Mayor Robyn Tannehill says the wave of bar patrons exiting at 1 a.m. presents public safety problems in downtown Oxford. She says the city hopes for “more of a trickle-out effect.”

Tannehill said the state Alcohol Beverage Control division supports the change. She says more staggered departures could also help taxi services carry more patrons home.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com

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