CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Mayor Don Gerard has issued orders in connection with this year's Unofficial St. Patrick's Day, which has been set for the weekend of March 7-9.
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The order affects all businesses with bar or restaurant liquor licenses within an area bounded by Springfield Avenue, Wright Street, Kirby Avenue and Neil Street.
Here are the major points of the order:
— They are prohibited from serving or permitting the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages between 6 and 10 a.m. March 7-8.
— They are prohibited from hosting any private functions that result from special drink pricing or other privileges from 10 a.m. March 7 until 2:30 a.m. March 9.
— They are prohibited from serving beer in pitchers from 10 a.m. March 7 until 2:30 a.m. March 9.
— The Class A licensees must have at least one employee at all public entrances to check IDs during business hours from the beginning of business hours March 7 until 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
— All drinks must be served in aluminum containers (bottles or cans) or in paper or plastic cups from 10 a.m. March 7 until 2:30 a.m. March 9.
— The Class A licensees may only allow entry to persons 21 years old or older between 10 a.m. Friday and 2:30 a.m. March 8 and between 10 a.m. March 8 and 2:30 a.m. March 9.
In addition, package liquor license holders in an area bounded by University Avenue to the north, Wright Street to the east, State Street to the west and Kirby Avenue to the south may not sell package liquor between 6 and 10 a.m. on March 7 and March 8.
No keg permits will be issued for the period from 12:01 a.m. March 7 until 2:30 a.m. March 9. In addition, people may not lawfully possess more than one keg per residence.
If police determine that pedestrian traffic impedes vehicular traffic in the area affected by the order, they can order any or all liquor-licensed establishments to close until further notice or until the termination of the order.