4 Northeast Ohio businesses cited by OIU for violating Gov. DeWine’s health orders

4 Northeast Ohio businesses cited by OIU for violating Gov. DeWine’s health orders
The bars will soon face the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for potential penalties. (Source: WVIR)

NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) - Four bars are at the mercy of the Ohio Liquor Control Commission after agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit cited them for COVID-19 violations.

The Wagon Wheel in Ashland was issued a citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity and sale of beer or intoxicating liquor to an intoxicated person, according to a release.

OIU agents found 25 customers drinking and congregating in the business upon their 10:30 p.m. arrival, a release said.

One customer was highly intoxicated and in possession of a drink, according to a release.

Tommy Dogg’s in Niles was issued a citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity, according to a release.

OIU agents found 25 customers drinking and congregating in the business upon their 10:35 p.m. arrival, a release said.

The Rig in Warren was issued a citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity, according to a release.

OIU agents found 50 customers drinking and congregating in the business upon their 10:55 p.m. arrival, a release said.

The Rig was previously cited for the same offense on Dec. 18, the release said.

The Tavern on 42 in Parma Heights was issued a citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity as a result of violating Gov. DeWine’s mandated curfew, according to a release.

OIU agents and Parma Heights police officers found eight to 10 customers in the business upon their 12:15 p.m. arrival, a release said.

Many of the customers were drinking, according to a release.

The release said these four cases will go before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission.

The bars may be fined, but the Ohio Liquor Control Commission has the power to suspend or even revoke a restaurant’s liquor license.

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