‘Social Host Ordinance’ In Effect
Media coverage of the Social Host Ordinance the San Antonio City Council passed on December 15, 2016 went into effect March 1, 2017.
SAN ANTONIO — A new city ordinance that passed last year to help curb underage drinking is now in effect.
As of March 1, adults caught providing alcohol to minors at social gatherings or parties could face a civil fine of up to $500 and other penalties as part of the new “social host” ordinance. Experts from the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse say preventing minors from drinking alcohol reduces fights, sexual assaults, vandalism and other crimes involving young people. “The average age of underage drinking is 11 years old,” said SACADA CEO Abigail Moore. “So it’s important that we protect young children and our youth from access to underage drinking.” There is a 90-day grace period right now that ends in June. In the meantime, San Antonio Police say they’re in the process of updating patrol officers on the change.