Sec. 3-5. – Drinking in public places.
It shall be unlawful for any person to consume alcoholic beverages of high or low alcoholic content on any public street, sidewalk, park, building, including any public school building, school grounds, football stadium, gymnasium, or any place of amusement holding a retail occupation license from the city including skating rinks, bowling alleys, theaters, pool halls, dance halls, and amusement centers.
It shall be unlawful for a holder of a city occupational retail license, his employees or agents, whose principal business is that of amusement, including skating rinks, bowling alleys, theaters, dance halls and amusement centers, to permit patrons of his establishment to consume or possess alcoholic beverages.
This section shall not apply to persons who have alcoholic beverage permits from the city; provided however that this exception applies only to alcoholic beverages covered by the holder’s permit.
(Code 1962, § 3-5; Ord. No. 5-1983, 8-9-83)
Sec. 3-6. – Hours of operation of retail and wholesale dealers.
It shall be unlawful for any retail or wholesale dealer to sell or otherwise dispense alcoholic beverages or to permit or admit any member of the public into an establishment, or part thereof, where alcoholic beverages are the principal commodity sold, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on week days and between the hours of 10:00 p.m. on Saturday until 6:00 a.m. the following Monday.
In any establishment or part thereof where alcoholic beverages are the principal commodities sold or handled the alcoholic beverage permit holder shall remove all patrons and members of the public from the premises by 10:30 p.m. each night of the week and lights in the premises shall be extinguished and all doors to such premises will be locked. Further the lights will remain extinguished including outside lights until the premises opens for business as provided in subsection (a) above, except permit holder and his employees or agents may enter the closed premises for the purpose of cleaning, taking stock or other work in the establishment.
No retail dealer, nor his servant, agent or employee shall sell, offer to sell, dispense or give away, beverages of either low or high alcoholic content within the limits of the municipality on legal holidays which, for purposes of this section, are defined to include:
January first, New Year’s Day;
The last Monday in May, National Memorial Day;
July fourth, Independence Day;
The first Monday in September, Labor Day;
November eleventh, Veteran’s Day;
The fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day;
December twenty-fifth, Christmas Day.
It shall be unlawful for any person to purchase or solicit any other person to sell beverages of high or low alcoholic content within the city limits at such times and places when and where such sales are prohibited.
(Code 1962, § 3-6; Ord. No. 5-1983, 8-9-83; Ord. No. 7 of 1983, 9-13-83)
Sec. 3-7. – Display or consumption during prohibited hours.
It shall be unlawful for any person to do any of the following acts when the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in any place where alcoholic beverages are sold:
To display or allow to be displayed to the view of the public any whiskey, beer or alcoholic beverages after the bottle has been opened, in any bottle, can, glass, cup, vessel or article of any nature.
To consume or allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
For the permit holder, his employees or agents to permit any person to display to view of the public any whiskey, beer or alcoholic beverages after the bottle has been opened in any bottle, can, glass, cup, vessel or article of any nature or allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages on the licensed premises.
(Code 1962, § 3-7; Ord. No. 5-1983, 8-9-83)
City and local ordinances may limit the actions of an alcoholic beverage server/seller or may provide additional rules that govern this type of transaction. Please check with your local authorities or government bodies to ensure that you are following the local laws and are in compliance with any requirements that they have set forth. Generally, local laws and ordinances are in line with the state’s rules. If you have any questions about an issue or situation, please do not hesitate to reach out to your local authority and/or the Louisiana ATC for further clarification.
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