[HISTORY: 1984 Code §§ 125-1—125-5 as amended through December 31, 2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this Article is for the regulation of the opening and closing hours of all businesses and commercial establishments to which the public is invited in the interests of the protection of the employees, business invitees and law enforcement officers. The provisions and requirements of this Article shall not apply to, nor include, any business or commercial establishment issued a license or permit for on-the-premises consumption of alcoholic beverages.
The following terms, when used in this Article, shall be construed as follows:
- RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS
- An establishment, enterprise or business that sells to the general public goods, merchandise, food or material.
No retail establishment, as herein defined, to which the general public is invited shall be open for business between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m., prevailing time (2400 to 0600) hours, unless the following terms and conditions are implemented and approved:
That there are at least two employees on continuous duty in the portion of the retail establishment to which the public is invited, or one employee and the following:
That the retail establishment shall have in operation a video camera in addition to a silent and/or audible burglar alarm system which is connected to a central security monitoring system designed to activate police response; and
That the video camera and burglar alarm system shall be approved by the Chief of Police, City of South Amboy, or his designee.
That the retail establishment shall implement the following crime prevention measures:
The use of a drop safe on the premises.
The establishment shall post a window sign which is conspicuous and asserts that a safe is located on the premises, but that the safe is not accessible to the employees of the establishment.
Signs indicating that the establishment does not keep more than $50 in cash in the register.
The exterior portion of the retail establishment, including parking area, shall be well-lit throughout the night and early morning hours.
All business establishments in the City of South Amboy who desire to remain open between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. (2400 hours to 0600 hours), prevailing time, shall satisfy the Division of Police of South Amboy that the measures required by this Article are implemented prior to opening.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this Article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.