[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of East Brunswick 2-10-86 as Ord. No. 86-728]
The scope of this Article 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 the unprotected and under-staffed 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 intent of the East Brunswick Township Council in adopting this Ordinance is to enhance the health, peace, safety and comfort of the general public, to benefit the public health, morals, safety and general welfare, and to deal with a situation which constitutes a danger and hazard to public health and safety.
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 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 ordinances not inconsistent with the provisions of this Article.
No business or commercial establishment to which the public is invited shall be open between the hours of 12:00 Midnight and 5:00 A.M., prevailing time, unless:
There are at least two (2) employees on continuous duty in that part of the business or commercial establishment to which the public is invited; or
The business or commercial establishment shall employ a security officer or the premises has in operation a security device, 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 TV 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, but only if approved by the Director of the Department of Public Safety of the Township of East Brunswick.
Any person who shall violate a provision of this Ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $500.00 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding ninety (90) days or both. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during on or which a violation occurs or continues.