The new 2:00 a.m. curfew will affect bars in Five Points. Five Points is a popular college hangout.
By Samantha Herstine
Nightlife in Columbia could change because of a bill passed by Columbia City Council Tuesday. Bars in popular Five Points must close at 2am.
Right now, bars stop serving liquor at 2:00 a.m. but can stay open until 4:00 a.m.
They may be exempt from the curfew if they get a special permit.The permit requires the bars to follow certain rules.
A few rules are:
A security officer for every 100 customers
No drinking in parking lots
Responsible alcohol training for all employees
Some University of South Carolina students say the curfew may hurt business in Five Points.
"It might end up turning business away from them...I think they're not taking into account their biggest target base," said USC student Joe Wright.
Another student says she thinks the curfew will increase off campus drinking.
"I feel as though students will find another way to party, though. So there will be a lot more drinking violations in probably Copper Beach or in the Woodlands or in any of the off campus places," says USC student Himali Shah.
Yesterday's Bar Manager John Fassat says the new curfew may be a good thing.
"We let people walk the streets--drunk, screaming, and carousing until four o'clock in the morning. As a whole, it should be safer," said Fassat.
It will be up to individual bars to get the permit or close at 2:00 a.m.