Types of entertainment

We describe the three types of entertainment.


Businesses that serve alcohol can have any of three types of entertainment:

General entertainment

This includes all forms of legal entertainment and patron dancing.

Limited entertainment

This entertainment is only for:

  • Literary readings
  • Storytelling
  • Live solo comedians
  • Karaoke
  • Amplified or nonamplified music by a disc jockey or any number of musicians
  • Group singing by patrons of the establishment, with no patron dancing

No live entertainment

This means no entertainment other than the use of:

  • Radio
  • Television
  • Electronically reproduced music
  • Jukebox
person playing guitar and singing

Hearing protection

City law requires all businesses with general entertainment to provide hearing protection to:

  • Customers
  • Employees

Contact Your Ears Rock. Ear plugs are free.

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