Kensington City Council Bans 24/7 Businesses – NBC10 Philadelphia


Kensington City Council Bans 24/7 Businesses – NBC10 Philadelphia

Philadelphia City Council recently passed a bill that mandates certain businesses in Kensington to close between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. The purpose of this bill is to address issues such as crime, trash accumulation, and after-hours activity in the area.

The bill was introduced during a Council Stated Meeting by councilmember Quetcy Lozada (D-7th dist.), who represents the Kensington area. This legislation was initially proposed in response to feedback from residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations following the opioid crisis.

The boundaries impacted by the new restrictions include East Lehigh Ave, Kensington Ave, D St, E Tioga St, and Frankford Ave. All businesses located within these parameters will be required to adhere to the mandated operating hours, except for restaurants with a liquor license, which can operate until 2 a.m.

According to a news release from Kensington-based nonprofit IMPACT Services, businesses in the Kensington Corridor are supportive of this measure. Roberto Rodriguez from IMPACT Services expressed gratitude towards Councilmember Lozada for involving them in the decision-making process and considering their opinions.

Approximately 90 businesses will be affected by this bill, with fewer than 20 currently operating past 11 p.m. Businesses that fail to comply with the new regulations may face a fine of $500 for each violation that persists.

The emergency measure is scheduled to expire in January 2028, giving businesses in the area ample time to adjust to the new operating restrictions.

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