Springfield, clubs reach deal over closing time
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- The city of Springfield has settled a federal lawsuit brought by several nightclubs that objected to earlier city-imposed closing times.
City officials say under Thursday's agreement three clubs will be allowed to stay open and offer entertainment until 2 a.m., while four while be required to close at 1 a.m., unless they have permission to stay open.
The city in April imposed a 1 a.m. entertainment deadline on all bars and nightclubs in an effort to curb violence at closing time.
Bar and restaurant owners sued, saying the earlier closing times hurt business.
City officials say the earlier closing time has worked.
As part of the settlement, bars with the later deadline must adhere to restrictions including no admittance or re-admittance after 1 a.m. and improved security plans.