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In 2021, the City of Cheyenne Board of Directors passed an ordinance amending open container sale and consumption exemptions. The ordinance permits the possession of open containers of malt beverages and wine, for adults 21 and older, within the boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) district.

Possession of open malt beverages and containers of wine within DDA district boundaries is permitted beginning on the Thursday before Memorial Day and ending on Labor Day Monday of each calendar year. For calendar year 2022, this begins Thursday, May 26and and ends Monday, September 5and. During this time, open containers are permitted daily between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. in public areas within the DDA district boundaries.

Additional information about the amended order can be found below:

What kind of alcohol will be allowed?

Malt beverages and wine are the only types of alcohol permitted under the Open Containers Ordinance. Strong alcohols in open containers are not allowed.

Are glass bottles allowed?

No. Permitted alcohol must be in a plastic cup or container provided by an eligible business in the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) district. Glass containers are strictly prohibited.

In which area are open containers of alcohol allowed?

Strictly within DDA district boundaries. The DDA district is defined in the city ordinance and is bounded by House Avenue on the east, Snyder Avenue on the west, 22n/a Street to the north and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to the south. It also includes a small strip south of the Central Avenue overpass which is bounded by Central Avenue on the east, Capitol Avenue on the west, Deming Drive on the south, and West 11and North street. A map of the DDA district boundaries can be viewed at www.cheyennecity.org/DDA.

What types of liquor licensees are eligible to participate within the limits of the DDA?


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Any business located within the DDA district boundaries that has a full retail, microbrewery, winery, or distillery license is eligible to participate.

Be smart, be considerate

We ask the public and eligible participating businesses to properly dispose of empty plastic cups and containers.

Safety is a shared responsibility

Drink responsibly, have a sober driver drive you home, and try to walk in pedestrian-only areas, such as a footpath, sidewalk, or crosswalk. Taking these small steps ensures that our downtown remains a safe, clean, and fun environment for everyone!

Are there any other restrictions?

At that time, no. The ordinance provides that additional restrictions on time periods, boundaries of special areas or districts, distribution of beverages, monitoring and control of events may be established by resolution of the Board of Directors.

Will open containers be allowed on public holidays?

Possession of open containers will be permitted during each holiday within the time frame provided by the amended municipal ordinance. Annual holidays during this period include July 4, Wyoming State Day (July 10and) and Cheyenne Day during Cheyenne Frontier Days week (July 27and2022).

Where can I find more information about the amended order?

The amended ordinance can be viewed at www.cheyennecity.org/clerk.

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