New rules set for bars and nightclubs

The site of the old Station Nightclub in Rhode Island. (WBZ-TV file)

The site of the old Station Nightclub in Rhode Island. (WBZ-TV file)

Bay State bars and nightclubs will have to abide by a new regulation, starting next year, that aims to prevent a tragedy, such as the Station Nightclub fire that killed one hundred people.

The new measure would make sure someone on staff is trained in emergency situations.

The state fire marshal says Massachusetts would be only the third state to implement a so-called “crowd manager” program.

The “crowd manager” would see that exits at bars and nightclubs are clear, check for sprinklers and fire alarms and be responsible for getting people out in the event of an emergency.

They expect the cost of the program to be minimal.

There will be on-line training, complete with follow-up inspections.

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