The new video comes from Saturday as agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit paid another visit to the Barley House, a hot spot in the Warehouse District.
The Ohio Liquor Control Commission is considering possible punishment for the first two citations. It held a hearing on those cases Monday.
The video from the latest visit shows almost no one wearing a mask, people crowded close together and even partying on tables.
On Monday, a lawyer for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office played video that led to a citation in September against the Barley House. That video was recorded after a Browns game. Two agents testified.
“There were essentially people everywhere. There was no social distancing at all,” one agent said.
“Bumping into people… Shoulder-to-shoulder… Tapping people to move out the way,” another said.
Despite what can be seen on the videos, a Barley House manager testified the club put up dividers, limited the number of customers and taken other safety precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19. An attorney for the Barley House put an agent on the spot.
“Are you required to maintain 6-feet distance from your other agents when you’re conducting investigations?” the attorney asked.
“We all had masks. And I didn’t want to get lost through the crowd,” the agent responded.
The liquor commission could fine the Barley House, order the doors closed for a short time or even order the place closed for good. The commission has taken a couple of liquor licenses away for breaking rules tied to COVID-19.
“If patrons are so closely congregated, there is more than a risk, serious risk,” said Joseph Schmansky, a lawyer with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
The I-Teamalso reached out to the Barley House owners and we did not get a response.
The liquor commission will decide on any punishment for the first two violations likely in a few weeks.
A separate hearing will be scheduled for the latest case.
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