U.S Code last checked for updates: Jul 19, 2024
§ 2000a.
Prohibition against discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation
Equal access
Establishments affecting interstate commerce or supported in their activities by State action as places of public accommodation; lodgings; facilities principally engaged in selling food for consumption on the premises; gasoline stations; places of exhibition or entertainment; other covered establishments
Each of the following establishments which serves the public is a place of public accommodation within the meaning of this subchapter if its operations affect commerce, or if discrimination or segregation by it is supported by State action:
any inn, hotel, motel, or other establishment which provides lodging to transient guests, other than an establishment located within a building which contains not more than five rooms for rent or hire and which is actually occupied by the proprietor of such establishment as his residence;
any restaurant, cafeteria, lunchroom, lunch counter, soda fountain, or other facility principally engaged in selling food for consumption on the premises, including, but not limited to, any such facility located on the premises of any retail establishment; or any gasoline station;
any motion picture house, theater, concert hall, sports arena, stadium or other place of exhibition or entertainment; and
any establishment (A)(i) which is physically located within the premises of any establishment otherwise covered by this subsection, or (ii) within the premises of which is physically located any such covered establishment, and (B) which holds itself out as serving patrons of such covered establishment.
Operations affecting commerce; criteria; “commerce” defined
Support by State action
Private establishments
(Pub. L. 88–352, title II, § 201, July 2, 1964, 78 Stat. 243.)
cite as: 42 USC 2000a