For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   DIRECT ROUTE. The shortest reasonable path of travel or a commonly used route to reach a final destination without any detour or stop along the way.
   EMERGENCY. An unforeseen combination of circumstance or the resulting state that calls for immediate action. The term includes, but is not limited to, a fire, a natural disaster, an automobile accident, or any situation requiring immediate action to prevent serious bodily injury or death. This term also shall include any action that is reasonably necessary in order to respond to the medical needs of a family member of the juvenile regardless of whether the juvenile’s action is taken in order to prevent death or serious bodily injury.
   ESTABLISHMENT. Any privately owned place of business operated for profit to which the public has access or is invited including but not limited to any place of amusement or entertainment.
   GUARDIAN. A person who is court-appointed to be the guardian of a juvenile.
   JUVENILE. Any person under the age of 16 years.
   OWNER/OPERATOR. Any individual, firm, association, partnership or corporation, operating, managing or conducting any establishment, including the employees, members or partners of an association or partnership and the officers of a corporation.
   PARENT. A person who is a natural parent, adoptive parent, foster parent or step-parent of another person, or a person to whom legal custody has been given by court order.
   PUBLIC PLACE. Any place that is generally open to and used by the public or a substantial group of the public, whether it is publicly or privately owned, including but not limited to, streets, sidewalks, highways, alleys, rights of way, public vehicular areas and parking lots, transportation facilities, theaters, restaurants, shops, bowling alleys, schools and school grounds, place of business and amusement, playgrounds, parks, similar areas that are open to the public, and other common areas open to or accessible to the public.
   REMAIN. To linger or stay in a public place, or to fail to leave the premises when requested to do so by a police officer, or fail to leave the premises of an establishment when requested to do so by the owner/operator or employee of the premises.
   RESTRICTED HOURS. The time of night referred to herein is based upon the prevailing standard of time, whether Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight Savings Time generally observed at that hour by the public in the Town of Spencer, North Carolina. Restricted hours shall mean:
      (1)   11:01 p.m. on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday until 6:00 a.m. of the following day; and
      (2)   12:01 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. on any Friday or Saturday.
(Ord. passed 1-10-12)