HEALTH AND SAFETY
Live Event Industry
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By Sharon Pian Chan in the Seattle Times
An interesting tale of well meant but useless regulation, based on permits for venues meant to promote safer clubs. Seattle officials boasted four years ago they had found a way to protect their youth from sexual predators, alcohol and drugs at dance parties. The All-Ages Dance Ordinance would require anyone who holds a dance admitting kids younger than 18 to apply for a City permit, undergo a criminal background check and hire a certain number of security guards. It transpires that the permits are rarely applied for and breaches are even more rarely enforced: even a city funded teen venue doesn’t hold a permit!