Enjoying the DORA safely and appropriately is very important, so there are a few rules to follow.​
  1. You must present your valid state or federal ID to a participating DORA vendor, be 21 years of age or older and receive a wristband that you must wear while carrying your beverage.
  2. You may purchase alcoholic beverages from a participating establishment or event vendor. No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted in the DORA.
  3. You may purchase up to two beverages at a time. Beverages must be in an approved DORA cup.
  4. Any alcoholic beverages being consumed in public areas in the DORA must be in an approved DORA single use cup.
  5. You cannot carry a DORA beverage into any other DORA beverage selling business. You may carry your beverage into any non-alcohol serving business at the sole discretion of that business.
  6. DORA beverages may be consumed only during DORA hours, Monday through Saturday 9 AM to Midnight and Sunday Noon to 9 PM

DORA Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I walk anywhere with my DORA cup?

A: NO. Patrons can only carry DORA beverages in the defined area in the approved container. Retail and private establishments may allow DORA beverages or may opt to NOT allow them. Each establishment within the DORA will have their own policy.                                                                                                                                                                                        

Q: What is a DORA cup?

A: A plastic single-use cup designated for all establishments serving alcohol within the DORA. The DORA rules will be provided on a label with each cup.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Q: Can I take my DORA beverage into another establishment?

A: No. Once a DORA beverage has left the business where it was purchased, it must be consumed and the DORA cup disposed of prior to entering another establishment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Q: What are the hours the DORA will be allowed to operate?

A: Generally, the allowable DORA event hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to midnight. Sunday allowable hours are noon to 9 p.m. However, specific hours will be set for each DORA event. DORA beverages may not be consumed outside these hours.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Q: How will patrons know the DORA area limits?

A: Signs at key egress and endpoints will be installed on the boundaries. More information can be found on the DORA page on the City website.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Q: Can I pour my own alcohol in the DORA cup and carry it?

A: No. Beverages MUST be purchased from participating vendors. No cans, glass bottles, or outside beverages of any kind are allowed in public areas within DORA boundaries. In addition, DORA beverages may not be taken outside of the DORA route or patrons may be subject to legal consequences.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Q: Will the DORA area become littered, unruly, or noisy due to DORA?

A: Many cities have established DORAs and have had positive experiences. The City of Bellefontaine has multiple trash cans in the DORA area and may require the event sponsor to provide additional receptacles to keep the area clean. The Bellefontaine Police Department will be visibly present during DORA events and will be readily available should concerns arise. Special events may be required to provide additional police and public works staffing on an as needed basis.