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Six Ohio businesses cited for violating state COVID-19 health orders

The citations include one Northeast Ohio business.
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OHIO, USA — Agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit continue to work to crack down on businesses 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 is one northeast Ohio business. 

SHAZAM INC., known as Midway Bar & Grill in Euclid received a citation for limitation on hours for on-premises consumption. Agents visited the establishment around 12: 40 a.m. after several complaints and observed approximately 10-15 patrons, with most consuming alcoholic beverages. The Midway Bar & Grill was previously cited for similar violations on August 7. 

The other establishments involved are:

Trotters Pub and Grill, New Lexington, received an administrative citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity. Agents visited the establishment and observed approximately 40-50 patrons in the outdoor patio area with multiple groups congregating and intermixing with other social groups. Additional patrons were standing and crowding the at the entrance to and around the bar. There were no physical barriers or social distance between patrons or groups of patrons. Staff members were observed walking around the bar and patio areas not wearing facial coverings. Agents explained and answered questions on what was needed to make the establishment compliant.

Bout Time Tavern, Delaware, received an administrative citation for limitation on hours for on-premises consumption. Agents observed a patron and staff consuming alcoholic beverages when they visited the establishment at 11:19 p.m. Agents were assisted during the visit by the Delaware Police Department.

624 Front LLC., known as Vida Cantina, Toledo, received an administrative citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity and limitation on hours of sales for on-premises consumption. Agents visited the establishment at 10 p.m. and observed a large number of patrons congregating on the outdoor patio standing in large groups, not socially distant. In the outdoor patio bar area there were no marked areas for patrons to order drinks and patrons were observed crowding around patrons seated at the bar as they ordered and paid for drinks. At 10:30 p.m., last call was announced by a staff member and agents observed the staff continuing to sell alcoholic beverages to patrons.

New Longhorn Saloon LLC., known as the Polish Ostrich, Toledo, received an administrative citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity and insanitary conditions. Agents visited the establishment at 10:40 p.m. and observed a large crowd inside the bar with no social distancing measures in place. Patrons were standing and congregating in groups. Additional patrons were crowded around the bar area and restrooms making it difficult to walk through the areas without direct contact with other patrons.

Bad James LLC., known as Four Horsemen, Toledo, received an administrative citation for limitation on hours for sales, on-premises consumption and insanitary conditions. Agents visited the establishment at 12:17 a.m. and observed staff and three patrons in the bar area where open containers of alcoholic beverages were observed. With the assistance of the establishment owner, additional evidence was obtained documenting the sales and consumption of alcoholic beverages after the limited hours.

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 all need to continue to work together by following the precautions put in place to make these establishments safe and compliant,” said OIU Enforcement Commander Eric Wolf. “OIU continues to work with local partners to follow up on complaints ensuring liquor-permitted establishments maintain compliance and enforcement action is taken when egregious violations are observed so everyone can enjoy a healthy experience.”