/Big crowds, limited distancing during third night of DORA at The Banks – WLWT Cincinnati

Big crowds, limited distancing during third night of DORA at The Banks – WLWT Cincinnati


Big crowds and very little distancing.That’s what night number 3 of DORA looked like approaching 8 o’clock.Businesses benefitted from the rush, but it wasn’t what health and city officials originally had in mind.Just this week, Mayor John Cranley stressed the importance of safety ahead of this much anticipated weekend.”Look, first of all, people have got to manage their own personal responsibility. So, first and foremost, you have to take care of yourself, make sure you put yourself in a safe spot,” Cranley said.Although the DORA became more packed in the later hours of the night, earlier in the day, crowds seemed to be a lot more manageable as folks enjoyed the warm weather and sunshine.”I think it’s amazing, I think it’s great you can walk from bar to bar, bring your drinks, and it’s great, yeah,” Paige Redden said.The feature was originally created to bring more people downtown with the goal of helping struggling businesses during COVID-19.It first began Thursday and will now be permanent at the banks.We asked people what it’s like getting back out following a stressful year.”Refreshing is the word I would use. It’s nice; it’s nice to get back out there,” Zachary Blackburn said.Area bars were also excited.”I think the idea is one of the best I’ve ever heard, especially at a time where COVID is still an issue; it’s good I’m away from the crowd, but this gives people a chance to be more out with the air,” Holy Grail manager Nick Ramsey said.We reached out to the mayor’s office for comment about the crowding but have not heard back yet.

Big crowds and very little distancing.

That’s what night number 3 of DORA looked like approaching 8 o’clock.

Businesses benefitted from the rush, but it wasn’t what health and city officials originally had in mind.

Just this week, Mayor John Cranley stressed the importance of safety ahead of this much anticipated weekend.

“Look, first of all, people have got to manage their own personal responsibility. So, first and foremost, you have to take care of yourself, make sure you put yourself in a safe spot,” Cranley said.

Although the DORA became more packed in the later hours of the night, earlier in the day, crowds seemed to be a lot more manageable as folks enjoyed the warm weather and sunshine.

“I think it’s amazing, I think it’s great you can walk from bar to bar, bring your drinks, and it’s great, yeah,” Paige Redden said.

The feature was originally created to bring more people downtown with the goal of helping struggling businesses during COVID-19.

It first began Thursday and will now be permanent at the banks.

We asked people what it’s like getting back out following a stressful year.

“Refreshing is the word I would use. It’s nice; it’s nice to get back out there,” Zachary Blackburn said.

Area bars were also excited.

“I think the idea is one of the best I’ve ever heard, especially at a time where COVID is still an issue; it’s good I’m away from the crowd, but this gives people a chance to be more out with the air,” Holy Grail manager Nick Ramsey said.

We reached out to the mayor’s office for comment about the crowding but have not heard back yet.

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