NEWPORT NEWS--A new ordinance in Newport News prohibits people from living in motels and hotels for long periods of time.

The ordinance, which starts next year, will ban people from staying more than 30 days during a 60-day period.

City Council passed the measure unanimously.

Several council members stressed that no one would be made homeless or put out on the streets and there would be waivers for people down on their luck.

The ordinance forces the owners of hotels and motels to bring their properties up to standards. In order to operate, businesses would have to obtain a $100 permit and be subject to inspections.

The ordinance has a number of exemptions, including an allowance to stay at extended-stay hotels for long periods.

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