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The area shaded in yellow marks the boundaries of the new Downtown Entertainment District in McDonough.

McDONOUGH — The creation of a Downtown Entertainment District in McDonough was approved Monday night by the City Council with a 5-2 vote.

The newly formed district will allow people to walk around with an alcoholic beverage in a specially marked cup within portions of the city Monday-Saturday from noon to 11 p.m.

The area encompasses four blocks around the McDonough Square, though the square itself is not included because it’s a city park. Open containers are also prohibited from being carried in the adjacent rights of way of churches, government buildings and residential homes.

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Mayor Pro Tem Craig Elrod called the new district a tool for small business owners around the square.

Elrod first brought the idea to the council in November. He said the idea behind it was to encourage more foot traffic in the downtown area while attracting new businesses.

The ordinance is set to take effect on Feb. 1 and will be revisited in one year.

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