DC bars train active shooters to prepare for World Cup watch parties

Monday is the first day that bars can stay open 24/7 as there are World Cup parties all over DC

Several strategies have been put in place to ensure the safety of visitors at the venues.

Management at Prost DC — a German food hall in the Northwest’s Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood — has undergone active rifleman training to prepare for violence.

Prost DC co-owner Frank Wilson said his team discussed various scenarios and is “generally prepared” should anything happen.

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Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio of DC’s Department of Planning and Economic Development explained that the city’s education was extensive.

“We do our own training with poles on how to handle everything from not serving someone too much to active shooter training,” Falcicchio said. “We do this training with them regularly and we want to make sure they are safe and know how to contact MPD if they need to. And we hope they never have to. [We hope] Everyone is there to have a good time and that’s what the World Cup is about.”

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 21: England’s soccer fans cheer as England score one of their six goals against Iran during the FIFA World Cup at the Queen Vic on November 21, 2022 in Washington, DC. The British style bar and restaurant followed

Falcicchio said the city did not increase police presence during the World Cup. Instead, the Department of Planning and Economic Development is encouraging bar owners to deploy extra security during extended hours

“If a bar is able to be able to have more security, we think that’s a great idea, especially if they want to run as much as possible,” Falcicchio said.

In September, the DC Council approved it World Cup Emergency Amendment Act of 2022, thereby extending the bar’s opening hours during the tournament. However, no alcohol may be served between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.

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Liquor stores and breweries in the district were also granted a temporary license to sell alcohol 24 hours a day. Bars usually close at 2am on weekdays and later on weekends. Businesses taking advantage of the extended hours had to give DC Police a heads up.

FOX 5 has learned that 124 bars and establishments have requested to stay open all day. Many owners and DC executives we spoke to said they don’t expect any problems. But many of the workers behind the bar are prepared just in case.

The last call for the 24-hour bar cycle is December 18th.