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Charleston City Council passes first reading of downtown bar ordinance

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Charleston City Council members passed the first reading of an ordinance that could change how late bars are allowed to stay open in downtown Charleston.

In October of last year, the city imposed a one year rule that no new restaurants or bars in certain areas of the peninsula could stay open past midnight.

A late night committee was then formed that includes people from the food and beverage industry, neighborhood members and business owners.

They presented a plan for a 90 soft closing trial which means bars that are allowed to stay open past midnight can stay open until 3 a.m.

The group hopes this will cause less crowds and noise on the streets.

The ordinance allows the businesses to stay open, however lights must be on, music has to stop, and no alcohol, beer or wine can be sold between 2 and 3 am.

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