2 Northeast Ohio bars cited for violating health orders

Posted at 1:08 PM, Oct 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-18 18:16:30-04

WILLARD, Ohio — Two Northeast Ohio bars were cited by Ohio Investigative Unit agents for violating health orders.

Bridge Bar and Grill in Willard was cited for disorderly activity, after-hours sale and hindering or obstructing inspection.

Agents said the bar had no physical barriers, no social distancing, every bar seat was occupied, no mask-wearing and had alcohol sales after 10 p.m.

While agents were there, they said they were cursed at and told that the bar was intentionally violating operating restrictions. Agents say customers and off-duty bar staff also attempted to interfere with agents.

Uptown Lounge in Akron was cited for improper conduct and disorderly activity. Police said more than 300 people were inside dancing and not practicing social distancing at 10:35 p.m.

Bars in Portsmouth, Gahanna and Toldeo were also cited.

“We continue to work with our law enforcement partners and local health departments following up on complaints to ensure liquor-permitted establishments maintain compliance, so everyone can enjoy a healthy experience,” said OIU Enforcement Commander Eric Wolf. “When egregious violations are observed, enforcement action is taken. We all need to continue to work together by following the precautions put in place to make these establishments safe and compliant with the directives.”

These cases will go before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for potential penalties, including fines and/or the suspension or revocation of liquor permits.

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