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New York’s Cabaret Law has officially been repealed

Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed the repeal legislation into law

  • Words: Patrick Hinton | Photo: Edwin J. Torres
  • 29 November 2017
New York’s Cabaret Law has officially been repealed

New York City’s Cabaret Law, an outdated legislation that made dancing illegal in nightspots that did not hold a hard-to-obtain license since 1926, has officially been repealed.

The repeal follows a successful campaign supported by activist groups such as the Dance Liberation Network, featuring a number of New York’s prominent dance music figures

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the legislation into law on Monday evening, November 27, which repeals all aspects of law except for two safety requirements that relate to security cameras and guards.

Speaking about the repeal, Mayor de Blasio said: “It’s 2017, and this law just didn’t make sense. Nightlife is part of the New York melting pot that brings people together.

“We want to be a city where people can work hard, and enjoy their city’s nightlife without arcane bans on dancing. I thank Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Rafael Espinal, and everyone who helped repeal this law, support businesses and keep our nightlife safe.”

Watch footage of the signing ceremony below.

[Via: Variety]

Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Staff Writer, follow him on Twitter
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