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These 10 Cleveland businesses were just cited for violating COVID-19 mandates

The new COVID-19 citations were issued during the weekend.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally published on Nov. 11, 2020.

The city of Cleveland has released a list of 10 businesses that were cited during the weekend for failing to follow state COVID-19 mandates regarding social distancing and face mask requirements.

Here are the citations that were issued. First-time violators are given a warning.

NOVEMBER 13, 2020

  • VSP Lounge – (1) failure to require social distancing; and (2) failure to require the wearing of mask to enter or remain in the business (warning).
  • The V Lounge – (1) failure to establish a maximum dining capacity; (2) failure to require customers to be seated when consuming food and beverages; and (3) requiring the wearing of mask to enter or remain in the business ($3,000).
  • The Carter – (1) failure to require social distancing; (2) requiring customers to be seated when consuming food and beverages; (3) failure to post maximum dining capacity and floor plan; and (4) requiring the wearing of mask to enter or remain in the business (warning).

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NOVEMBER 14, 2020

  • CLE Local Eatery – (1) failure to require social distancing; (2) requiring customers to be seated when consuming food and beverages; (3) failure to post maximum dining capacity and floor plan; (4) failure to establish a COVID maximum occupancy; and (5) failure to require the wearing of mask to enter or remain in the business (warning).
  • Villaforte – (1) failure to require social distancing; (2) requiring customers to be seated when consuming food and beverages; (3) failure to post maximum dining capacity and floor plan; (4) failure to establish a COVID maximum occupancy; (5) requiring the wearing of mask to enter or remain in the business; and failure to require capacity limits in open congregate area: dance floor (warning).
  • Paradis Gentlemen’s Club - failure to require the wearing of mask to enter or remain in the business ($1,000).
  • Captiv8 - failure to require the wearing of mask to enter or remain in the business ($1,000).
  • Barley House – (1) failure to require social distancing; (2) requiring customers to be seated when consuming food and beverages; and (3) requiring the wearing of mask to enter or remain in the business ($9,000).
  • Dante’s Inferno - (1) failure to establish a COVID maximum occupancy ($1,000).
  • Rumor Bar and Lounge - (1) requiring the wearing of mask to enter or remain in the business ($1,000).

“Businesses are reminded that citations will continue to be issued to those found in violation of state orders,” city officials said in a press release.

Citations may be issued with fines for the following:

  • Any business or person violating the mask or safe-seating order (which maintains social distancing of at least six feet between patrons) is subject to civil penalties in accordance with Ordinance No. 556-2020, specifically chapters 602 and 236.
  • Any business in the City of Cleveland with an employee who becomes ill with the coronavirus is required to immediately disinfect and sanitize the premises. Following a warning, they may be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 for the first offense and a civil penalty of $3,000 for each subsequent violation.

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