LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Across Louisville Metro, bars may be forced to close at 2 a.m. instead of 4 a.m. as part of a potential rule change.
The proposed ordinance would affect businesses across the city, including those along Bardstown Road in the Highlands and Deer Park neighborhoods. During a public hearing on Tuesday, people who live there vented their frustrations with homelessness, street noise, crime, and late-night bar noise with Councilwoman Cassie Chambers-Armstrong and Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Erika Shields.
Armed robberies and violent crimes could be drastically reduced as bars would have to have their closing time rolled back by two hours, Armstrong said. She added the ordinance she filed would be temporary, and if approved by Metro Council, it would take effect seven days after approval until Dec. 30, 2021.
Much of the conversation at the meeting surrounded whether it would be effective at all.