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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit cited four establishments this weekend for violating state orders aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said agents visited the four locations and witnessed the violations. The cases will now go before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for penalties, which can include fines and having their liquor permits revoked.
The following information was released from the state patrol:
- DLP Hospitality Group LLC., known as Floods Urban Seafood, Warrensville Heights, received a citation for after hours consumption – Rule 80. At 11:30 p.m., agents working with officers from the Warrensville Heights Police Department visited the establishment and observed approximately 30 patrons with several consuming alcoholic beverages.
An attorney for Floods Urban Seafood released a statement to FOX 8 News that reads, in part:
“Instead of working with Floods to confirm compliance with the COVID-19 order, the officer simply
responded that he saw one person with a drink and that was enough to penalize Floods. The
security footage, however, firmly establishes that the patron at issue snuck into Floods with the
alcoholic beverage in her hand long after all of the liquor behind the bar had already been
removed. Further, personal cell phone footage also confirms that the citation was based on the
accusation that one person was consuming an alcoholic beverage, not several patrons. This
difference is material and certainly suggests that Floods is making a good faith effort to comply
with the COVID-19 order, even if it lacks the ability to control the unilateral actions of every single
patron that enters its premise – just like any other establishment.”
- Shukuwa Resto Bar LLC., known as Choukouya Resto Bar, Warrensville Heights, received a citation for after hours consumption – Rule 80. Shortly after midnight, agents and officers from the Warrensville Heights Police Department visited the establishment and observed approximately 20 patrons with several consuming alcoholic beverages. Agents previously cited this location on September 18 for limitation on hours for on-premises consumption.
- Dale’s Bar and Grill, Maumee, received a citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity. Agents observed patrons sitting at the bar with no social distancing measures in place. Patrons at the bar were seated within 6 feet of one another without any partitions or attempts to promote social distancing. Agents observed multiple employees not wearing masks. On October 31, agents issued a warning to the establishment for similar violations.
- Otays Lagoon Saloon, known as Lagoon Saloon, Port Clinton, received citations for after hours sale – Rule 80, improper conduct – agent (staff member) or permit holder in an intoxicated condition, illegal possession of intoxicating liquor, and illegal possession of intoxicating liquor not obtained from an authorized source. At 10:25 p.m., agents observed bar staff serving beer to two patrons who showed signs of intoxication and serving alcoholic beverages to additional patrons. Another patron was sitting at a table drinking from an opened bottle of vodka. Agents previously cited this location on September 26 for after hours consumption and improper conduct – disorderly activity.
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