Champaign issues liquor sale rules for Unofficial


By Daily Illini Staff Report

Champaign Mayor Don Gerard issued emergency orders Tuesday pertaining to liquor sales in Champaign during Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day. Unofficial is scheduled to take place from March 7-9.

Businesses with bar or restaurant liquor licenses (Class A or Class R) — between the boundaries of Springfield Avenue, Wright Street, Kirby Avenue and Neil Street — are:

— Prohibited from serving or permitting the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. from March 7-8.

— Prohibited from hosting any private functions that result in special drink pricing between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. from March 7 to 9.

— Prohibited from serving beer in pitchers between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. from March 7-9.

— Required to serve drinks in aluminum containers and paper or plastic cups between 10:00 a.m and 2:30 a.m. from March 7-9.

— Class A license holders will also be required to have at least one employee at all public entrances to check IDs of all patrons entering the premises during their business hours beginning on Friday until 2:30 a.m. on March 9. Employees performing checks must be at least 21 years old at that time. The patron entry age for Class A license holders is 21 years or older between 10 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. from March 7-8 and from 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. from March 8-9.

— All businesses holding Class P liquor packaging licenses — between the boundaries of University Avenue, Wright Street, State Street and Kirby Avenue — will be prohibited from selling packaged liquor between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. from March 7-8.

— No keg permits will be issued by the liquor commissioner between 12:01 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. from March 7-9. It is also illegal to have more than one keg per residence.

— If police determine that pedestrian traffic impedes vehicular traffic in the area of the orders, the police will have the authority to order any and all liquor licensed establishments to shut down until further notice or until the end of the order.