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Agents cite 3 Northeast Ohio bars for violating COVID-19 health orders

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Posted at 12:11 PM, Jan 11, 2021

CLEVELAND — Agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit cited three Northeast Ohio bars for violating COVID-19 health orders on Sunday.

Agents cited Basement Sports Bar in Northfield for improper conduct-disorderly activity after they witnessed the bar open at 10:20 p.m., with approximately 50 patrons seen congregating and consuming alcohol.

At Finny’s Sports Bar in Norton, agents cited the bar for improper conduct-disorderly activity after agents arrived at around 10:30 p.m. and observed approximately 35 patrons congregating and consuming alcohol.

In Painesville at Harry Buffalo, agents cited the bar for improper conduct-disorderly activity after agents arrived at around 8:50 p.m. and observed patrons occupying every seat at the bar area with no social distancing or physical barriers in place.

Patrons could walk around freely while consuming alcoholic beverages, agents said.

The Ohio Investigative Unit is made up of plainclothes peace officers who enforce Ohio’s alcohol, tobacco and food stamp fraud laws. Agents also investigate complaints of illegal activity on liquor permit premises.

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