[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Elkton 6-19-1980 as Secs. 7-3-1 through 7-3-7 of the 1980 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PUBLIC DANCE HALL
- Any place where dancing is permitted to which an admission fee is charged, or for which compensation is in any manner received, either directly or indirectly, or where refreshments are served for compensation before, during, or after dancing.
No person shall, within the town, operate or conduct a public dance hall without a permit. Such permit may be obtained from the Town Council on satisfactory evidence that the applicant is a proper person to receive the same. Such permit may be revoked by the Council at any time.
It shall be unlawful for any person conducting a public dance hall to allow any person under the age of 18 years to enter or remain in such dance hall while dancing is being conducted therein, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or by a brother or sister who is an adult, or except with the written consent of such parent or legal guardian.
In each public dance hall, dancing shall cease and the public dance hall shall close at 2:00 a.m.
This chapter shall not be construed to apply, however, to dances held for benevolent or charitable purposes or where the same are conducted under the auspices of religious or educational organizations.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to exempt any public dance hall from the payment of any license tax imposed under this Code or any ordinance of the town.
It shall be an offense for any person to fail to abide by this chapter, and any person found guilty thereof shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $500. Each day any violation of this chapter shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.