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Students voice their opinion of the new bar curfew.
The booze may be able to shake up the place till 4a.m. but that all depends on people staying at the bars till the early morning hours.
“I kind of have a mixed opinion on the bars staying open till 4 a.m.,” 23-year-old Senior Jenni Erdman said. “I think it’s good for the bars, because they will now have extra time to make money. If they stay open 2 hours later, they might get more people in who would have just stayed home.”
Bars will still have to choose whether of not they want to pay the $1500 fee to the state inorder to stay open later, leaving skepticism about the bills ability to generate more money.
By the time 2 a.m. rolls around a lot of students are found at a friend’s or their own apartments either sobering up, passed out on a couch, or sometimes continuing the party.
“Me personally, I don’t think it really affects me that much,” Senior and 21-year-old Amanda Torrey said. “I can go until close (2 a.m.) but that is usually the right time for me to leave anyway. A lot of people crash before then, so bars might lose more business. People usually don’t stay up till 4 a.m. and if they do it is in an apartment.”
Adam Muszynski 21-year-old Senior, saw a positive business perspective, he also believes that 4 a.m. is just too late and wondered about the affect it would have on bar specials and taxi companies.
“Yeah bars have the option, but how many bars are going to do it?” Muszynski said. “Is it worth their time to keep the bars open because how many students are going to go?”
Erdman thinks that there would be the option for students who work later to go to the bars but there are consequences with hours being pushed back so late.
“There are a lot of people who work late, till 11 p.m. or 12 a.m., and don’t go to the bar because it closes at 2 a.m.” Erdman said. “On the other hand, this could lead people to being more irresponsible at the bar than they are now.”
The new law will also allow bars to purchase seperate permits to start serving alcohol at 7 a.m. on Sundays; the profits of these permits going to help unerfunded Michigan Programs.
For more history on the creation of this bill, click here to see last week’s article.
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