A new ordinance passed through city council now requires that bars and lounges must close at 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., reports the Post and Courier.
Before, bars and lounges could stay open past 2 a.m. so long as they were no longer serving alcohol. But because of recent "nightclub violence" and bars ignoring this law, the Charleston City Council is looking to close this loophole. The revised ordinance states the following: "Commercial establishments which allow for the on-premises consumption of beer, ale, porter, wine, and/or alcoholic liquors shall be prohibited from operating between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m."
Bars now have three months before the ordinance goes into effect. Though the ordinance passed unanimously, some council members still say it's too much government intrusion, and that the ordinance won't solve the problems it intends to solve.