According to Northlake Mall’s new rules: Starting June 12, anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21.

If you’ve been to Northlake Mall on the weekends recently, you know why. Flocks of unsupervised teens patrol the mall and hang out in front of the movie theater, though the policy only applies to common areas — not the theater or the anchor stores with outdoor entrances.

In addition to spreading the word at local schools, mall officials will pass out information brochures for a month of weekends.

This policy isn’t one of a kind, Carolina Mall in Concord has a similar policy. That mall requires youths to be accompanied by an adult over age 18 after 6 p.m. every night.


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