This is the second post in a series on occupational and business licensing.
It’s official, New Yorkers: you are finally free to dance in any bar or restaurant. And, if you’re asking yourself, “wasn’t I already able to do that?” the answer is… not really.
As discussed in our first post, although in recent years it has not been as strictly enforced, the Cabaret Law made it illegal for patrons to dance in bars and restaurants in New York that do not have a “Cabaret License.” (Yes, it was basically the regulatory manifestation of the movie Footloose.)
However, last week New York’s City Council finally repealed the law, ruling it “outdated and unresponsive” to licensing demand — noting that only “100 of the city’s 25,000 eating and drinking establishments currently have a cabaret license” and rejecting opponents’ claims that the law played a crucial role ensuring patrons’ safety.