New rules were imposed at Westfield Garden State Plaza to enforce the “Parental Guidance Policy.”
On Friday at 5 pm, teens must be supervised or leave the mall.
A small army of gatekeepers will now be posted at every entrance of the mall. Teens are not happy about these new rules that are being enforced due to fights happening and being posted on TikTok!
April 28 was the first day that the plaza’s new “Parental Guidance Policy” was put into action.
It requires mallgoers ages 17 and under have an adult chaperone — someone over age 21 — on Fridays and Saturdays after 5:00 p.m.
Those between the ages of 18 and 21 are allowed to stay but must show an ID and get a blue bracelet to denote they’re of age.
Underage mall employees have to show their store name tags to gain admittance.
The policy is now in place due to several incidents since September including five fights and a shooting. Plus disruptive behaviour and posts to social media have also been an ongoing issue…
The new rule mimics similar “chaperone” ordinances recently instituted after dark at popular hangouts such as the Mall at Robinson in Pittsburgh and theme parks such as Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California and Kings Island in Cincinnati.