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"Zion Curtains" In Utah Restaurants May Be Replaced

A Utah lawmaker is unveiling a proposal overhauling liquor laws and allowing restaurants to get rid of barriers known as "Zion Curtains" but in exchange require a type of buffer zone around bars or areas where drinks are prepared.

The bill was made public Monday but Kaysville Republican Rep. Brad Wilson canceled a news conference to discuss it.

The buffer zones would have to be 10 feet from the rest of the dining room or a waiting area and walled off and be off limit to anyone under 21 years old.

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The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association criticized the plan, warning the buffer zones would be impossible for some small restaurants.

This is the latest attempt to address the controversial partitions that are nicknamed "Zion Curtains" as reference to the state's teetotalling Mormon population.