Free Earplugs To Be Mandatory At Minneapolis Clubs

Minneapolis bars and clubs that feature live music will have to offer free earplugs to patrons starting April 19.

The Minneapolis City Council approved the ordinance Friday.

The ordinance will apply to about 185 bars, clubs and performance venues as a condition of their liquor licenses.

The earplugs will be provided to the businesses at no cost thanks to a coalition of private funders, including the clothing company Locally Grown, Globally Known.

Company president Brian Felsen tells Minnesota Public Radio News the goal is to make hearing protection as accessible as possible.

Some clubs opposed the ordinance because they currently make thousands of dollars a year selling earplugs.