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Halloween Info Meeting for Merchants

REMINDER: Halloween Informational Meeting for Merchants

Downtown Merchants: Halloween Informational Meeting
Halloween is on Friday, October 31st, 2014. Join us for a meeting to discuss safety measures that will be in place for our downtown community on Halloween night. This meeting is for owners, managers and other designated staff of downtown restaurants, bars, convenience stores, and retail establishments that sell alcohol. The meeting will be held on:

 Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 2 pm

Chapel Hill Police Department Headquarters 

(828 Martin Luther King, Jr BLVD), second floor in the training classroom. 


Since 2008 the downtown merchants, the Chapel Hill Police Department and the Downtown Partnership have partnered to make this night safer, smaller, and a successful evening downtown for all. 


There are numerous reasons why this evening needs extra safety measures than other evenings downtown. Confined in a small area, this large gathering presents many public safety concerns related to personal and property crime, crowd panic and large scale civil disorders. Additional concerns focus on alcohol poisoning and gang-related violence. All of which spills over onto the University campus and adjacent neighborhoods. 


Stemming from these tremendous concerns about public safety, downtown merchants and the police have agreed every year since 2008 to put in place the following extra safety measures on this night:

  •  Downtown bars and restaurants will close their doors at 1 am to new patrons. 
  • These businesses also will charge a minimum $5 cover charge to patrons not attending private events.
  • In addition, downtown convenience stores and retailers that sell alcohol will either close their doors or stop selling alcohol at 1am.

At this meeting we'll have an opportunity to discuss these safety measures, other logistical information that will be in place that night, and answer your questions.


The Chapel Hill Fire Department will also be at the meeting to share information on how to avoid over occupancy, potential fire hazards like prohibited décor, and other issues you should be aware of for your business.

It is through this partnership every year that Halloween nights have been so successful and we appreciate the ongoing dialogue with each of you to make sure that this year's event is safe, too.


If you have any questions before the meeting please contact Officer Phil Smith 919-968-2864 or  

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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is working to bring together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development. Contact Meg McGurk at 919-967-9440 or /   

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