Gwinnett restricts adult entertainment locations

Gwinnett commissioners on Tuesday approved major changes to the county’s adult entertainment business ordinance. New adult bookstores, pornographic theaters and strip clubs will be restricted to industrial areas. The businesses are also restricted from opening near tax-allocation districts, community improvement districts and activity centers like the Mall of Georgia and the Infinite Energy Center.

The last time Gwinnett revisited this ordinance was 14 years ago. The language used in the ordinance defining what types of sex acts are forbidden was replaced with less explicit and more general terms. Hours of operation were changed from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. until 12 a.m. A ban on serving alcohol at adult entertainment businesses remains in affect.