Birmingham council passes new security requirements for nightclu

Birmingham council passes new security requirements for nightclubs

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Birmingham City Council today unanimously approved a new set of safety rules for nightclubs inside city limits.

These new rules will requires every club to have a safety and security plan and trained security staff in place.

The new rules require every nightclub to have security staff that have gone through a training program approved by the police department and there has to be at least one trained security guard for every 150 people in the club.

Clubs must also have security cameras watching every entrance and those cameras have to be good enough to pick out individual faces if police need the footage.

The clubs also have to have someone on duty at all times who knows how to pull images off the cameras if need be, and clubs have to submit written incident reports for anything violent that happens in their club to police.

If they don't, they could lose their license.

"I have a list of every business and establishment in the city of Birmingham that is responsible for complying with this, and if they do not comply, I'll do everything I can to make sure their doors are closed," said Councilor Johnathan Austin, chair of the Public Safety Committee. "My job as chairman of public safety is to protect the health and safety of the citizens who visit these establishments, and I don't make any excuses."

Existing nightclubs now have 45 days to become compliant with this new law, and new clubs will have to have their safety plan approved by the police department before they ever open.

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