Northgate Mall to set youth supervision rule

Posted at 5:26 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 17:26:09-05

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Northgate Mall will implement a weekend youth supervision policy, officials announced Friday.

Beginning March 4, in cooperation with the Colerain Police Department, will require that all mall visitors under the age of 17 be accompanied by a supervising adult who is at least 21 years old when on the premises after 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, according to mall spokesperson Theresa Dorlan.

The policy will be enforced on all Northgate Mall property, including parking lots and sidewalks, but will exclude Xscape Theatres. The policy will not affect mall employees who work during those hours, Dorlan said.

“Because life safety and the well-being of our patrons, tenants and community is Northgate Mall’s top priority, we want to ensure that the children of the community are being properly supervised and that they are using Northgate Mall for its intended purpose after dark,” she said in a statement Friday.

The effort came after recent disturbances involving unsupervised minors on the property, Dorlan said, including an incident on Feb. 10 during which six teens were arrested after refusing police orders to leave the property.

Mall officials decided to implement the new policy after reviewing community and tenant feedback.

Tri-County Mall in Springdale implemented a similar policy in 2010.