The Hays City Commission recently took action to establish a Common Consumption Area in the downtown area. The district will encompass 7th to 13th Streets, Oak to Fort, and 9th to 10th Streets from Fort to Ash. The City's permit has been approved, and businesses are now able to apply through the State to participate in the Common Consumption Area.
A Common Consumption Area is a defined area, where individuals can possess and consume alcoholic liquor outside of a licensed bar, restaurant, or other eligible establishment that is permitted to sell alcoholic beverages by the State of Kansas. A Common Consumption Area does not allow individuals to bring their own alcoholic beverages into the district for consumption, rather beverages must be purchased at an establishment with permission by the State of Kansas to sell alcoholic liquor, that are within or adjacent to the established Common Consumption Area, who have elected to participate in the Common Consumption Area.