[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of South River 3-25-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-8 (Ch. 155 of the 1977 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is the regulation of the opening and closing hours of all business and commercial establishments to which the public is invited in the interest of the protection of the employees, patrons and law enforcement officers. It has been determined that unprotected and understaffed business and commercial enterprises are prey to the criminal element in our society during the late night and early morning hours and that certain security devices must be provided in order to protect the general public who use these establishments.
The provisions and requirements of this chapter shall not apply to nor include any business or commercial establishment issued a license or permit for on-the-premises consumption of alcoholic beverages or permitted to carry on a business or commercial activity under the laws of the United States, the State of New Jersey or other municipal ordinance not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter. The provisions and requirements of this chapter shall not apply to the establishment and operation of automated teller machines.
[Amended 1-25-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-1]
No business or commercial establishment to which the public is invited shall be open between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Eastern standard time (2300 and 0500 hours) unless:
There are two employees on continuous duty in that part of the business or commercial establishment to which the public is invited; and
In addition thereto, the business or commercial establishment shall employ a security officer or the premises has in operation a security device approved by the Chief of Police of the Borough of South River which may consist of a silent and/or audible burglar alarm connected to a central security monitoring system designed to activate police response; a closed circuit television connected to a central security monitoring system designed to activate police response or such other device which can be activated instantaneously to notify law enforcement officers that a crime or disorderly persons activity is in progress.