Ann Arbor social district gets green light to operate daily with longer hours

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ANN ARBOR – The Main Street Ann Arbor Social District with an open alcohol policy has received the green light to operate seven days a week as the warm summer months approach.

Since December, the social district has been open Thursday through Sunday from 4 p.m.-11 p.m. On Monday, City Council approved a resolution nine to one expanding the district’s days and hours of operation. Councilmember Jeff Hayner (D-Ward 1) voted against the move.

The new hours will be 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

“We’re really excited for the expansion of the District’s days/hours,” said Main Street Area Association executive director Sandra Andrade. “It was a big success for Midnight Madness and we’re looking forward to incorporate it into more events and just to give people more space in general to enjoy our downtown outside.”

Andrade said the expansion now needs to be approved by the state and hopes it will go into effect in mid-May.

Here are the rules of the social district:

  • Drink from designated Social District containers provided by participating businesses only.
  • Stay within the designated Social District boundaries (highlighted in blue in the map below).
  • Do not carry drinks into other businesses. They must remain outdoors.
Map of Main Street Area Association's new social district in downtown Ann Arbor. (Main Street Area Association)

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.