A temporary go-cup district in the city of Jackson could make way for two permanent ones in Belhaven and Fondren.
The Jackson City Council recently passed a temporary city-wide go cup district to help restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the council is still considering measures to create permanent leisure and recreation districts and was expected to vote on measures at next week’s regular board meeting.
The meeting is slated for May 26 at 6 p.m., at Jackson City Hall.
“These requests are coming from the business communities to the city, and we are supportive of their efforts, and want to do everything we can to help them enhance their business, especially as everyone is recovering from this crisis,” said Council President Virgi Lindsay.
During the pandemic, restaurants across the city will be able to sell single alcoholic beverages to customers as part of their take-out orders. The rules will be lifted once the city and state lift dining restrictions and seating capacity limitations on restaurants and bars.
Drinking and driving is still prohibited, and the drink must be in a covered container.
Under the permanent Fondren and Belhaven districts, go cup rules will allow residents to purchase an alcoholic drink at a local establishment, leave the establishment and enjoy the drink as they walk in their respective districts.
The Fondren Renaissance Foundation board of directors voted to pursue the district in February, prior to the corona outbreak.
“Fondren is a natural spot for a go cup district,” said FRF Executive Director Rebecca Garrison. “With our focus on arts and entertainment, we are kind of the definition of a leisure and recreation district.”
Boundaries would essentially cover the Fondren Business Improvement District.
The Belhaven district would encompass the Belhaven Town Center development, which is bordered by Manship Street, Jefferson Street, Carlisle Street and North Street.
Previously, go cup districts were approved for the District at Eastover and Highland Village.