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OIU cites Upper Deck on Portage Lakes for violating COVID-19 health orders

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Posted at 12:59 PM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-16 18:07:57-04

NEW FRANKLIN, Ohio — A bar on Portage Lakes was issued a citation for violating COVID-19 health orders Friday night, according to the Ohio Investigative Unit.

Agents visited Upper Deck and observed a lack of social distancing with numerous guests congregating in groups, OIU said.

The bar was issued a citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity, according to OIU.

Upper Deck will have its case heard by the Ohio Liquor Control Commission and faces penalties including fines and/or the suspension or revocation of its liquor permit.

The Portage Lakes establishment had drawn the attention of health officials in May, June and July after receiving more complaints about health violations than any other business in the county.

RELATED: Health officials raise social distancing concerns at Upper Deck in New Franklin

A bar and grill in Zanesville also received a citation for violating health orders Friday night.

OIU agents visited The Muddy Boot around 11:20 p.m. and observed guests walking around, standing and consuming alcoholic beverages.

Agents also observed guests ordering alcoholic beverages at the bar and were able to purchase beer for on-premise consumption past the state’s alcohol curfew. The bartender was observed not wearing a face mask or covering and an inspection found unsanitary conditions at the establishment, OIU said.

The Zanesville bar was issued a citation for limitation on hours for on-premises consumption and insanitary conditions. The bar will also have its case heard before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission.