OHIO, USA — Agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit continue to work to crack down on business violating the rules put in place the slow the spread of the Coronavirus in Ohio.
On Friday, agents cited six Ohio businesses for violating state health orders, included in the list are two northeast Ohio businesses.
The new citations come on the heels of seven Northeast Ohio businesses being cited overnight Thursday.
The businesses will now have their cases heard by the Ohio Liquor Control Commission were they could face potential fines and in the most severe cases the revocation of their liquor license.
“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.”
See the detailed breakdown of the location and the causes of their citations below:
The Cove, Canton, received an administrative citation for limitation on hours for on-premises consumption and insanitary conditions. Agents visited the establishment at approximately 11:10 p.m. after receiving a complaint from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office and observed several patrons consuming alcoholic beverages. While at the location, agents also conducted an inspection where they observed insanitary conditions.
Grub Pub, Hamilton, received an administrative citation for limitation on hours for sales and on-premises consumption. At approximately 11:18 p.m., agents visited the establishment and were able to purchase an alcoholic beverage from the bar.
Taylor’s Tavern, Springfield, received an administrative citation for limitation on hours for sales and on-premises consumption. At approximately 10:15 p.m., agents visited the establishment and were able to purchase an alcoholic beverage from the bar. Additionally, agents observed numerous after hours sales and patrons continuing to consume alcohol on the premises after 11 p.m..
Shukuwa Resto Bar LLC, known as Choukouya Resto Bar, Warrensville Heights, received an administrative citation for limitation on hours for on-premises consumption. Agents visited the establishment after receiving a request for assistance from the Warrensville Heights Police Department. Agents and officers entered the establishment at approximately 11:35 p.m. and observed approximately 15 to 20 patrons consuming alcoholic beverages.
Double Barrel Bar & Grill, Tiffin, received an administrative citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity and hindering or obstructing an inspection. Agents visited the establishment and observed numerous patrons congregating in large groups throughout the premises consuming alcoholic beverages. Due to the layout and the crowd, it was nearly impossible to move through the establishment without physically having to asking patrons to move in an attempt to avoid direct contact. Additionally, agents observed no attempts by staff to enforce social distancing directive and employees not wearing facial coverings. As agents attempted to take enforcement for the violations, the establishment owner became disorderly and encouraged patrons not to comply with the agent’s request to leave the premises. Agents were assisted by the Tiffin Police Department.
Joe’s Fish Market, Lakeside Marblehead, received an administrative citation for limitation on hours for sales and on-premises consumption. Agents visited the establishment after receiving a complaint of alcoholic beverage sales after 10 p.m., using an alleged token system in an attempt to bypass the 10 p.m. sales restrictions. Agents entered the establishment and observed several patrons at the bar. One patron was observed purchasing an alcoholic beverage after 10 p.m. using a “drink token.”