Underage Crackdown In Entertainment District

March 20, 2012 Updated Mar 20, 2012 at 7:03 PM EDT

By WKBW News

March 20, 2012 Updated Mar 20, 2012 at 7:03 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Buffalo Common Council voted Tuesday on a measure that bans anyone under the age of 21 from being in a bar or nite club after 10:00 p.m., six days of the week.

The measure passed unanimously, and applies to any establishment that is under the legal classification of a 'tavern'.

The legislation exempts Thursday nights, allowing clubs to host a 'college night' for patrons 18 and up. Establishments can also apply for special exemptions that would be approved or denied by the common council.

It's unclear if the mayor plans to veto the measure.

Here is a transcript from Common Council:

The Council approved an ordinance amendment sponsored by Ellicott District Council Member Darius G. Pridgen amending Chapter 511, Section 68.6 of the Code of the City of Buffalo, by establishing a new Downtown Entertainment Review District with special zoning guidelines.

Other than on Thursday nights between 10:00 pm and 4:00 am the following Friday morning, taverns that are located within the Downtown Entertainment Review District and licensed by the New York State Liquor Authority to serve alcohol are prohibited from permitting entry to patrons under the age of 21, unless they have first obtained a Restricted Use Permit from the City.

Eyewitness News will continue to follow reaction to this measure.