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2 Northeast Ohio bars cited for violating health orders

Posted at 1:07 PM, Sep 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-20 13:07:25-04

MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — Two Northeast Ohio bars were cited by Ohio Investigative Unit agents for violating Gov. Mike DeWine's health orders.

Vivid Cocktail Lounge in Maple Heights was cited after police received multiple complaints from the health department.

Agents found 60 to 70 guests tightly packed into one area. They were shoulder-to-shoulder and it was difficult to move without having direct contact, agents said.

The establishment was cited for improper conduct and disorderly activity.

Tavern Off Broadway in Bedford was also cited Saturday night.

Agents entered the bar after 11:30 p.m. and saw 10 patrons drinking alcohol. Officials said the agents witnessed them attempting to hide their drinking.

The establishment was cited for limitation on hours for sales and on-premise consumption.

Avalon in Columbus was also cited Saturday evening.

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

“We continue to see that most of the permit premises are following the precautions put in place to make their establishments safe and they are complying with the directives,” said OIU Enforcement Commander Eric Wolf. “As agents continue to conduct compliance checks they take enforcement action when egregious violations like these are observed.”