CLEVELAND — The Ohio Investigative Unit cited two Cleveland establishments for violating state COVID-19 health orders, one of which was already found guilty of a previous violation.
Club Paradis in Cleveland was visited by OIU agents and Cleveland police for reports of after hours alcohol sales and social distancing violations.
Around 12:25 a.m., agents and officers arrived at the club and observed 50 to 60 guests congregating in a large group around the bar area with no social distancing measures in place. Adult entertainers were observed performing dances in close proximity to guests and several guests were still consuming alcoholic beverages past the state curfew.
The club was cited for improper conduct – disorderly activity and limitation on hours for on-premises consumption.
Last week, Club Paradis had its cases for previous citations heard by the Ohio Liquor Control Commission.
Club Paradis in Cleveland was cited in July on back-to-back days for having over 150 people in a confined area and no social distancing measures for having customers dancing too close together in a small area the following day.
The gentleman’s club was found guilty of the first violation and issued a a 10-day suspension beginning Nov. 15. It was also found guilty of violating the second violation and issued a 20-day suspension of its liquor license beginning Oct. 26 at 12 p.m.
Club Paradis now faces additional fines, added suspensions and possibly the revocation of its liquor license.
OIU agents also visited Barley House on West 6th Street, joined by Cleveland police.
Agents and officers arrived at the bar around 11:30 p.m. and were able to purchase an alcoholic beverage past the state's curfew.
OIU said agents observed 40 to 50 guests in a small bar area with no social distancing measures in place and some guests still consuming alcoholic beverages.
Barley House was cited for limitation on hours of sales for on-premises consumption, limitation on hours for on-premises consumption, and improper conduct – disorderly activity.
The bar will have its case go before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for potential penalties, including fines and/or the suspension or revocation of its liquor permit.