On Thursday, March 23, 2023, the Downtown Norfolk Council released the Gold Bar Norfolk restaurant and bar voluntary accreditation model. The program, developed in partnership with Safe Night aims to provide nightlife and entertainment venues with standards and employee policies that improve safety for patrons, staff, and the community.
Examples of nightlife venue standards in the Gold Bar Norfolk program include a focus on public safety expectations, identifying fraudulent identifications, intervening before conflict or aggression occurs, and Safe Night active bystander sexual assault intervention.
The unveiling took place during Safe Night's training with the Norfolk city staff and bar and restaurant owners. Local media also covered the event; click the links provided to view the news stories:
The Downtown Norfolk Council (DNC) has partnered with the City of Norfolk and Safe Night LLC to implement an initiative that will develop a unified municipal nightlife strategy, improve business operation standards, and enhance economic viability. A Safe Night Out is a comprehensive nightlife management model that provides strategies to municipal agencies, business owners, trade associations, and the community to improve safety and build mutually beneficial relationships. The model utilizes a multi-component approach incorporating a voluntary hospitality accreditation program that includes employee policies and multi-faceted training. A Safe Night Out is a long-term program implemented in stages and teaches municipal agencies to do the following:
This new program is aimed at bolstering the city's nighttime economy by developing improved relationships among Norfolk's businesses, municipal agencies, and the community to improve safety and collaborative problem-solving.
Safe Night's work with the Downtown Norfolk Council and the City of Norfolk was featured by WTKR News 3 in Norfolk, VA. To watch the story click the button.
Safe Night staff will be traveling to the City of Norfolk, VA March 20 -24, 2023, to provide our nightlife management model called, A Safe Night Out. We will teach city staff the Proactive Alliance relationship-based approach, how to develop and unified nightlife strategy, and how they support Downtown Norfolk Council's new bar and restaurant accreditation model.
Several agencies will be attending:
Norfolk City Attorney's Office
Norfolk City Planning Office
Norfolk City Zoning Office
Norfolk Police Department
Norfolk Fire-Rescue Department
Virginia Department of Health
Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority
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