Champaign mayor issues emergency order for Unofficial

By Daily Illini Staff Report

Champaign Mayor Don Gerard issued an emergency order yesterday regarding Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day. Gerard is temporarily implementing several new laws for all Class A, Class R and Class P liquor license holders during the weekend of Unofficial.

According to the order, no alcohol can legally be sold between 6-10 a.m. on Friday, March 6, or Saturday, March 7. All private functions with special drink prices will be prohibited from 10 a.m. March 6 to 2:30 a.m. on March 8. Beer sold in pitchers will also be prohibited from 10 a.m. March 6 to 2:30 a.m. on March 8.

All Class A licensees will be required to have an employee at the door checking IDs to make sure everyone who enters is of age. All drinks must be served in aluminum containers or paper or plastic cups between the hours of 10 a.m. March 6 and 2:30 a.m. March 8. During this time, entry age to bars within the prescribed geographic area is 21 years old.

Furthermore, all businesses with a Class P license are prohibited from selling packaged liquor from 6-10 a.m. on March 6 and 7. An Adult Responsibility Form must be made and maintained by all Class P businesses. These forms must be filled out by customers buying more than 168, 12-ounce containers of beer or malt beverage, more than 1,000 ounces or 300 mL of distilled spirits, or one or more kegs.

Lastly, no keg permits will be given between the hours of 12:01 a.m. March 6 and 2:30 a.m. March 8, according to the press release from Mayor Gerard.

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Katherine Boncher contributed to this report.