32 businesses sign Picnic Day agreement

By February 11, 2011

Thirty-two Davis businesses with licenses to sell alcohol have committed themselves to responsible hospitality practices on Picnic Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 16, the Davis Downtown Business Association announced.

The 13-point Picnic Day Community Covenant highlights moderation and appropriate use of alcoholic beverages.

Of the 32 Alcoholic Beverage Control license-holders who have signed the agreement as of Wednesday, 25 are in the downtown Davis area, where a majority of the Picnic Day-related drunkenness, arrests and other incidents occurred last year.

The DDBA has taken the lead with introducing the covenant to downtown bars and restaurants, while the Davis Chamber of Commerce is communicating the importance of the initiative to ABC license-holders throughout the rest of the city, a news release said.

“We are encouraged by the increase in interest in covenant participation, in the past two weeks, in particular,” Joy Cohan, DDBA director, said in the release. “As spring approaches and Picnic Day draws nearer, I think the memories of last year’s difficulties are returning, and restaurants and retailers are realizing that it’s up to them to take the lead in preserving Picnic Day as a Davis tradition, and maintaining Davis’ reputation as a family-friendly, health and fitness-conscious community throughout the year.”

There are approximately 115 ABC license-holders in the city of Davis, with more than 60 of those concentrated downtown. The total includes bars, restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, drug stores, wineries and breweries and a few specialty stores.

“The DDBA and Chamber of Commerce will continue to work with businesses one-on-one to encourage community unity in avoiding practices such as alcohol sales prior to 11 a.m. and the use of price promotions or specials that encourage over-consumption of alcohol, among the 13 points of agreement,” the news release said.

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