The Ohio Investigative Unit cited three Northeast Ohio bars on Friday and Saturday for violating health orders aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Mulligan's Restaurant & Pub in Canton was cited for improper conduct—disorderly activity, the OIU said.
Authorities said numerous employees weren't wearing masks. This is the second time the establishment has been cited by the OIU.
Game On in Lakewood was cited for improper conduct—disorderly activity. When agents visited the establishment around 11 p.m., they saw "egregious violations of health orders."
"Patrons were closely congregated throughout the premises with many occupying consecutive seats at the bar and additional patrons standing behind them to order," the OIU said. "Patrons were permitted to stand and congregate throughout the premises in multiple groups with no social distance measures or physical barriers in place. Many of the patrons and staff were not wearing facial coverings."
Europa in Pepper Pike was also cited for improper conduct—disorderly activity. Authorities said when agents went inside around 1 p.m., there were around 150 customers in close proximity.
"Patrons were occupying consecutive seats at the bar with others standing behind them to order. Additional patrons in separate groups were seated with no social distancing measures or physical barriers in place, as others danced and stood while consuming alcoholic beverages. Several patrons and staff were not wearing facial coverings," the OIU said.
The cases will be sent to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for review. The bars face potential fines and/or penalties that could include the revocation of a liquor permit.
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