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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is expected to vote Thursday on a rule that would place new time restrictions on bars that have outdoor seating and share a property line with a residence.

David Nogueras / OPB

Under the proposed rule, bars and restaurants of that kind would not be allowed to play amplified music on a patio or sidewalk cafe past 10 p.m. The rule would also prohibit the outdoor sale or consumption of alcohol any later than 11:00 p.m. during the week or 1:00 a.m. on weekends.

Farshad Allahdadi is the Director of License Services at the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. He says the proposal has generated some strong public feedback -- both for and against.

"The staff tried to balance the various perspective on this issue and come with as balanced a proposal as possible. Not everybody is going to like it. Businesses, it will be more restrictive than current regulations. But I think for some of the neighbors it's not enough."

Allahdadi says the commission has the option of either approving the rule, denying it, or sending it back for revision.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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