In a few short weeks crowds of festival-goers will descend upon downtown Laurel. Whether you’re venturing out for Laurelpalooza or Loblolly Festival, you’ll definitely want to be in the know about Laurel’s Leisure and Recreation District. Effective July 1st 2017, the “to-go cup ordinance” allows dining establishments to offer a to-go cup for patrons who wish to finish their beverage outside of the restaurant or bar.
Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Go
- Patrons are required to go inside of a restaurant or bar to purchase a beverage. Leaving the site drink in hand is fine — as long as you stay within the boundaries of the leisure district, which is considered the walkable business district in downtown Laurel. Maps of the Downtown Leisure/Social District will be available at downtown businesses and restaurants.
- To-go cups are issued at the discretion of individual establishments. The owner, manager, or bartender has the right to refuse a to-go cup to any individual they believe may be in danger of being over-served.
- Only one (non-glass) container will be issued per person over the age of 21 — sorry, no double fisting!
- Please finish your beverage before entering another establishment.
In 2016, House Bill 1223 was signed into law, which authorized certain municipalities in the state to establish recreation and leisure districts. Other cities that have recreation and leisure districts include Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Ridgeland, Vicksburg, Natchez, Clinton and Cleveland.
The energy in downtown Laurel is already palpable. Laurel Main Street looks forward to the continued economic growth in downtown and the rebirth of nightlife in The City Beautiful!