CHICAGO RIDGE, Ill -- Chicago Ridge Mall announced a new security policy and began enforcing it this afternoon.
Teenagers will no longer be allowed to roam free in the mall after certain times.
The mall is following in the footsteps of about 80 others in the country now enforcing a youth policy.
“The goal is to invite teens on the property with their families and support the family friendly atmosphere at Chicago Ridge,” said Chicago Ridge Mall Marketing Director Monika Kalicki.
It’s called the “Youth Supervision Policy,” and starting today, if you’re under 18, you must be accompanied by an adult at least 21-years-old. One adult can accompany up to six minors.
This policy kicks in every Friday and Saturday evening starting at 5 p.m.
“Anyone who enters at 5 p.m. is going to be asked for their identification,” Kalicki said. “We’re going to be providing wristbands to those shoppers that are of age to be at the property but look younger.”
The new policy comes less than two months after chaos erupted inside the mall. Customers were sent running for the exits after reports of fights and shots fired were called into police. The mall was evacuated and shutdown early.
There are some loop holes to this policy. For one, department stores will not be enforcing these new rules nor will the AMC Theatre housed inside the mall.
Those under aged will be still be allowed visit those locations when the policy is in place.
This policy also applies to mall workers under the age of 18. If they’re not working, they will be asked to abide by this new policy.