A state appellate court has temporarily blocked Camden from enforcing a curfew that would have forced businesses and restaurants to close early.

 

 

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the ruling stems from a legal challenge brought by 7-Eleven, whose two stores in East Camden would be affected by the curfew. The appellate court said it would accelerate the case, but hearings may not start until the fall.

A state Superior Court Judge upheld the law in April, then declined a request by 7-Eleven and others to put the curfew on hold while the legal challenge continued.

The curfew mandates that businesses within 200 feet of residential zones must close by 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends. Exempt businesses include gas stations, pharmacies and establishments that serve or sell alcohol.