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ARTICLE II.  POOLROOMS*

Sec. 5-21.  Unobstructed view of interior.

It shall be unlawful for the proprietor, manager or other person in charge of any poolroom, billiard room or place of similar amusement to have the windows or glass in front of the pool or billiard tables covered or painted, or in any way have the view obstructed between the street and such pool or billiard tables.

(Code 1963, § 4-3)

Sec. 5-22.  Closing hours.

Every pool or billiard parlor or room shall be closed for business between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

(Code 1963, § 4-4; Ord. No. 2002-18, 10-8-2002)

Sec. 5-23.  Minors prohibited--Generally.

(a)       It shall be unlawful for any person under eighteen (18) years of age to frequent, as a patron or visitor, any public poolroom or billiard room in the city.

(b)       The proprietor or manager of such place shall have posted conspicuously at the entrance thereof a sign, in bold letters not less than two (2) inches in height: "No Person Under Eighteen Years of Age Allowed in Here."

(c)        No proprietor or manager of such place shall permit any person under eighteen (18) years of age to frequent, as a patron or visitor, any public poolroom or billiard room in the city.

(Code 1963, § 4-2)

State law reference:  Authority of city to regulate presence of minors in places of amusement, Code of Virginia, § 18.2-432.

Sec. 5-24.  Same--Exception for family billiard centers.

The restrictions on minors entering poolrooms or billiard rooms, as set forth in section 5-23, shall not apply to family billiard center, which is hereby defined to be a licensed establishment for the playing of billiards which:

(1)       Is not licensed under the alcoholic beverage control laws of the state, and is not operated in conjunction with any other licensed dispenser of alcoholic beverages;

(2)       Is illuminated throughout its interior at a level of at least forty (40) footcandles;

(3)       Has no partitioned or closed-off areas, other than those for toilet facilities, office space and storerooms and in which all playing areas and billiard tables are visible from a public way or street;

(4)       Has a window or windows open to view from a public way or street, having a minimum of one hundred (100) square feet of glass area, which windows are not permanently covered or otherwise obstructed;

(5)       Has an attendant on duty at all times;

(6)       Has separate restroom facilities for both sexes.

(Code 1963, § 4-2; Ord. No. 85-14, 9-10-85)

*Cross reference:  License tax for poolrooms, § 20-48.

Parent Category: Hopewell Code
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