SPRINGFIELD. Mass. (WWLP) - Some Springfield bar owners are preparing for a fight against yet another proposed late-night curfew.
The discussion Wednesday night is over Mayor Domenic Sarno's latest proposal to shut down all city bars completely at 1 am.
Currently, all bars in the city must shut down entertainment, including music and billiards, at 1 am but they can still serve alcohol till 2. Some businesses have special permits which exempt them from the entertainment curfew.
However, now the Mayor is proposing that all bars close down completely at 1 am. Sarno says it's in the interest of public safety to help crack down on late night crime.
Some bar owners say they haven't noticed a decrease in crime, just a decrease in business, and taking away the last hour of sales will only make it worse.
According to David Murray of Odyssey 54 in Springfield, "I believe it's going to hurt the city economically. You want to draw business into the city. Chicopee, Holyoke, West Springfield, they'll pick up the slack, and have an increase in revenue, Springfield will lose it. I think a lot of businesses will start to go out of business.
The License Commission began the meet to discuss the idea at 5:30.