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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Wednesday, The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted to renew the East Dupont Circle Moratorium for three yearswith what it calls "significant modifications." The modifcations include "lifting the licensing cap on restaurants, multipurpose facilities and off-premise retailers" in the area.

The Board says the decision was consistent with recommendations from Advisory Neighborhood Council 2B and is effective immediately on an emergency basis. The decisionis subject to a 30-day public comment periodand final approval from the D.C. Council.

According to the board, the moratorium will continue to "allow the issuance of two licenses to taverns, prohibit the licensing of any nightclubs and exempt hotels from the restrictions."

The East Dupont Circle Moratorium Zone willis approximately 600 feet in all directions from the intersection of 17th and Q streets, NW.

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