After a group of 2000 teenagers fighting caused Mall St. Matthews to shut down and wait for police, owners of Mall St. Matthews and Oxmoor Center have announced temporary policy changes.
Beginning January 2, 2016, on Fridays and Saturdays after 4:00 P.M., anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21. This new rule will include all common areas of the mall, fire exits, sidewalks, public transit boarding locations, loading zones, and the parking lot. This policy will not apply to the movie theater or to the individual stores. If a minor is in a store, shopping, after 4:00 P.M., they can remain in the store but will be required to leave once leaving the store. During these restricted hours, security officers will be at all the mall entrances and they will check the IDs of anyone appearing to be 17 or younger.
For adults accompanying minors, one adult may supervise up to four youths (defined as 10 -17 years old) as long as they remain with the teenagers at all times. Children under the age of 10 are included in this number.
The managers of the mall have stated that these measures are temporary, but have not indicated when they will be lifted.