OHIO, USA — As the state of Ohio- and the rest of the country- continues its fight against the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic; officials are still working to crack down on businesses not adhering to guidelines put in place to slow the spread of the disease.
Overnight, agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit cited four businesses, including Scoreboard Tavern and B Stone, here in Northeast Ohio, for failure to comply with health orders put in place by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.
Scoreboard Tavern was cited for after hours consumption – Rule 80, hindering or obstructing inspection, and insanitary conditions. Agents visited the business around 11:40 p.m. and observed less than 10 people inside consuming alcohol. The staff would not let agent inside until the drinks were removed from the bar.
B Stone was cited for after hours consumption. Agents arrived at 12:35 a.m. and observed approximately 15 people inside. One patron was seen consuming a beer. B Stone was previously cited for after hours consumption on September 25.
The other citations include establishments in Kenton and Lima:
J T R Inc., known as Rays Place, Lima, received a citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity. While inside the establishment, agents observed numerous patrons walking around and standing in large groups while consuming alcoholic beverages. Agents did not observe any attempts by bar staff to enforce the social distancing directives. Lima Police Department assisted the agents with the crowd.
Spirits 68 LLC., known as Spirits 68, Kenton, received a citation for after hours sale – Rule 80, after hours consumption – Rule 80 and improper conduct – disorderly activity. Agents observed a packed bar with people consuming alcoholic beverages while standing. No social distancing guidelines were being followed or enforced inside the establishment. The permit holder was observed selling alcoholic beverages at 10:45 p.m. and after 11 p.m. Patrons were also observed consuming alcoholic beverages after 11 p.m. Kenton Police Department assisted agents with the crowd.
These cases will now go before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for potential penalties, including fines and or the suspension or revocation of liquor permits.
As of Saturday, the Ohio Department of Health