Horry County sets new rules for late-night bar operations

Horry County Council has decided against requiring bars to close at 2 a.m.

Local media outlets reported that the council decided Tuesday that county officials will more closely review requests by new bar owners to stay open between midnight and 6 a.m.

Council Chairman Mark Lazarus says the more detailed reviews will improve safety in late-might businesses.

Bar owners and people who go to bars late at night had complained about a proposal to shut them down by 2 a.m. to improve safety in the area. Many of those opposed to the idea work late-night shifts in the service industry and then want to go have a drink.

Existing bars and new establishments must submit safety plans on how they will eliminate criminal activity and prevent service to underage patrons.