2 Northeast Ohio bars cited for patrons standing ‘elbow to elbow’ and being open past curfew

2 Northeast Ohio bars cited for patrons standing ‘elbow to elbow’ and being open past curfew
(File) (Source: WVIR)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Investigative Unit agents cited bars in Cleveland and Lakewood for violating blatant health order violations on Thursday put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Here is the list of cited establishments and their reported violations according to the OIU:

Park Social Lounge in Cleveland was cited for improper conduct with disorderly activity.

Agents went to the lounge at 8:55 p.m. to issue a notice of hearing for a previous violation.

That’s when they saw patrons “elbow to elbow” throughout the premises.

Patrons stood and moved freely throughout the lounge while drinking alcoholic beverages, gathered in large groups at tables and at the bar while numerous others stood behind them.

This establishment was previously cited in November for improper conduct with disorderly activity and hindering inspection and in August for improper conduct with disorderly activity and permit not posted.

[ CLICK HERE TO SEE THE OHIO LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION RULING ON THE AUGUST CITATION ]

Waterbury Coach House in Lakewood was cited for improper conduct with disorderly activity due to a curfew violation.

Agents arrived at about 10:30 p.m. and found the establishment fully operational with eight to 10 patrons drinking alcoholic beverages.

The OIU said these cases will go before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission or potential penalties, which may include fines and/or the suspending or revoking their liquor permits.

The OIU describes itself as a unit “made up of fully-sworn, plainclothes peace officers responsible for enforcing Ohio’s alcohol, tobacco, and food stamp fraud laws. Agents conduct compliance checks to ensure the liquor permit premises are compliant with the Ohio Liquor Control Act. Agents also act on complaints of illegal activity on liquor permit premises. In addition to providing the safety checks associated with the COVID-19 directives, OIU agents continue to perform their normal compliance checks to ensure the liquor permit premises are complying with the Ohio Liquor Control Act.”

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