Three Northeast Ohio liquor establishments cited violations of state health orders to stop the spread of coronovirus


Columbus, Ohio – According to a statement from the Ohio Investigative Unit, three out of four alcohol establishments accused them of violating state health orders to prevent the spread of coronovirus overnight.

One of the establishments is in Akron and two are in Geneva on-the-lake:

Karma Cafe, Akron: Agents went to the front door of the establishment at 12:25 am and saw people drinking alcohol, violating the 10 am sales-cutoff time. A staff member locked the door and barred agents from entering the establishment. The staff quickly removed the drinks from the table as agents waited outside.

Pavilion Restaurant, Geneva On-the-Lake: Agents visited the establishment and did not see about 75 to 100 people gathered on the dance floor and other areas of the place with any social distance or physical barriers, the agents said.

High Tide Tavern, Geneva on-the-lake: About 50 to 60 people were squeezed together in a large group in the bar area, agents said. Every seat and bar stool was occupied, people leaned over others to order drinks at the bar and stood shoulder to shoulder with no social distinction or physical barriers. The agents also noticed that the staff continued to serve alcohol until 10:55 pm.

Factory 42 in Colombia also received an administrative citation limiting the hours for sale and on-premises consumption.

The cases will go before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission.

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