Reminder: Open alcohol containers not allowed in public

GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) – A reminder for the Halloween partiers: keep the alcohol inside.

The Georgetown Chief of Police reminded residents via Facebook that open alcohol containers are not allowed on public streets, sidewalks, or the Harborwalk.

Chief Paul Gardner stated Thursday morning that there have been complaints about people walking from one establishment to another with alcohol. The city ordinance states:

"It shall be unlawful for any person within the city to consume or possess in an open container any alcoholic beverage, on the streets, sidewalks, or any other property in which the city has an interest."

Alcohol is only allowed in the open if it is specifically authorized during the special event process or at a business authorized by the city for café service of food and alcoholic beverages on the sidewalk in front of their establishment, Chief Gardner stated.

In Georgetown, a violation of the ordinance is punishable by a fire of up to $1,092.50, and/or 30 days in jail.

Myrtle Beach also has an ordinance prohibiting open containers in city limits, it states:

"Open containers of beer, wine or liquor are prohibited in any public place including streets, sidewalks and beach areas."

In the City of Myrtle Beach, glass containers are also prohibited on the beach.

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