Champaign Liquor Commisioner issues emergency order ahead of "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day"

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CHAMPAIGN - Champaign Liquor Commissioner Deborah Feinen has released an emergency order in regards to a regularly planned event held within city limits known as "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day."

Feinen says the emergency order is being issued due to her finding that "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day" may be a "threat to the public health, safety, and welfare," within a certain geographic area in Champaign.  This area is identified as being bounded by Springfield Avenue to the north, Wright Street to the east, Kirby Avenue to the south, and Neil to Springfield Avenue on the north.

A map displaying this area may be found here.

Under the emergency order, all businesses within that area that hold a bar or restaurant liquor license (Class A or Class R) will face the following restrictions:

- The prohibition of serving or allowing the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages at their establishments between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on March 4 and 5
- No private events featuring special drink pricing or other privileges will be allowed from 10:00 a.m. on March 4 until 2:30 a.m. March 6
- Beer may not be served in pitchers from 10:00 a.m. March 4 until 2:30 a.m. March 6
- At least one employee will be stationed at all entrances to check the IDs of potential customers from March 4 until 2:30 a.m. March 6
- All drinks must be served in aluminum containers or paper or plastic cups from 10:00 a.m. March 4 until 2:30 a.m. March 6
- Any business with a Class A license must set the patron age for their businesses to 21 years or older from 10:00 a.m. March 4 until 2:30 a.m. March 6

Additionally, businesses with a Class P license in this area will be prohibited from selling package liquor between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on March 4 and 5.  No keg permits will be issued from 12:01 a.m. March 4 until 2:30 a.m. March 6.

Police will also have the authority to shut down any establishment within the area if pedestrian traffic impedes vehicular traffic.

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