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Purdue campus bars brace for Grand Prix weekend

You may not be able to tell by the weather, but the Purdue Grand Prix go-kart race is this Saturday,

Posted: Apr 17, 2018 5:09 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2018 10:38 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — You may not be able to tell by the weather, but the Purdue Grand Prix go-kart race is this Saturday.


The campus bars are opening early that morning for Breakfast Club festivities. On Tuesday, the Campus Community Bar Retail Coalition met to plan for the busy weekend. Police and fire departments were there to discuss how to keep people safe and curb underage drinking.

West Lafayette Fire Chief Tim Heath is reminding bar managers to keep crowds within legal capacities. Officers will be checking headcounts all weekend long.

Heath said keeping crowds smaller, keeps people safer.

"If somebody has a medical emergency inside the bar, then our crews can get in and take care of that patient and get them out," Heath said. "Get everything back to normal as quickly as they can."

Heath said keeping customers safe is as easy as one, two, three.

"There's basically a counter at the front door. The doorman will keep a count of everybody who comes in. Once he hits capacity, he will then count one-in-one-out. So, if five people walk out, five people can walk in." Heath said.

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