The Greensboro City Council did not discuss the details of the proposed ordinance to regulate places that serve alcohol for consumption at the Tuesday, Jan. 5 work session.
The City Council discussion was more general about the need for and efficacy of such an ordinance. This may have been because the members of the City Council did not receive a copy of the proposed ordinance until about two hours before the meeting.
The proposed ordinance also was not available to the public on the city website as is the normal practice for items on the City Council work session agenda.
The proposed ordinance would regulate all businesses that serve alcohol for onsite consumption including bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, restaurants, pool and billiard halls, dance halls, cocktail lounges, nightclubs, gaming establishments, bowling alleys, event centers, music halls and after hour clubs that have a occupancy capacity of 75 or more.
The proposed ordinance would go into effect if a homicide (either first or second degree murder), an aggravated assault or robbery with a dangerous weapon occurred inside the establishment or outside in areas “the businesses operate control such as entrances, patios and parking lots that patrons utilized to access the business.”
It appears that if someone who had been in an establishment that serves alcohol was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot, the ordinance would go into effect.
If a criminal act of violence that is not a homicide occurred at one of the regulated businesses it would be required to add additional security personnel, both armed and unarmed, with a minimum requirement of one unarmed security guard for every 100 allowed patrons, operate at a reduced capacity, and close at an earlier time than allowed by the facility at the time of the act of violence.
The establishment will be closed until the security plan has been submitted to the city and will operate under that plan for 90 days, as long as there is not another act of criminal violence at that establishment during that time.
If a homicide occurs at one of the regulated businesses, it will be closed for a minimum of 10 days and until a security plan has been submitted and approved by the city. The plan will remain in effect for 150 days as long as there is not another act of violence during that time.
The establishment will be required to have a minimum of one unarmed security guard for every 75 patrons, operate at “a reduced maximum capacity determined by the City,” and close at a minimum of two hours earlier.