California lawmakers passed a bill last Thursday that will allow bars, nightclubs, and restaurants in certain cities to extend the sale of alcohol to 4 a.m. The current curfew for selling booze is 2 a.m.
Senate Bill 905 passed on Aug. 30, 2018. Gov. Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr. has until Sept. 30 to sign it into law.
As reported by Napa Valley Register, RSB 905 will apply to nine cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, West Hollywood, Sacramento, Long Beach, Coachella, Cathedral City, and Palm Springs. These cities stated interest in implementing later nightlife hours. Each city will individually decide whether to limit the new hours to certain neighborhoods, nights of the week, or different times during the year.
Under the current California Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, the sale or purchase of alcohol between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. is classed as a misdemeanor crime.
If signed into law, the extended drinking hours will go into effect in January 2021, with a five-year limit allowing officials to decide whether to renew or abandon the legislation, after examining the effects of the bill. Here’s hoping Uber drivers will be willing to stay up that late. Or, who knows? We might be driven by robots by then.