A bar ordinance has finally been approved for the city of Maurice. The dark time ordinance states that all bars must be cleared of patrons 30 minutes after the sale of alcohol is to be stopped.
Bars in the village of Maurice can serve drinks until 2:00 AM on the weekdays and 3:00 AM on the weekends. Businesses who violate the ordinance will face penalty charges.
Maurice Bar Ordinance
Maurice bars could close their doors earlier than usual. The council is pushing to change its dark time ordinance. That ordinance gives bars a time frame for their hours. Bars there can serve alcohol until 2:00 AM on weekdays, and 3:00 AM on weekends.
The proposed change makes it clear that patrons need to clear out completely 30 minutes after the sale of alcohol ends.
This comes just weeks after other bars in Vermilion Parish found a loophole in a new rural bar ordinance. Under that law, bars must stop serving by 2:00 AM, but patrons could stay later. That has since changed. Maurice Mayor Wayne Theriot says this ordinance leaves no room for patrons to stay at a bar past operating hours.
It makes it clear that all patrons must vacate the building.
If a bar does not comply, the person in charge will face penalties. The Council will vote on this next month. The public is encouraged to express their thoughts and concerns about this issue during that time.