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Ohio Liquor Control Commission issues penalties for COVID-19 health order violations

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Several Ohio establishments that were cited for violating the state’s COVID-19 health orders had their cases heard by the Ohio Liquor Control Commission this week, including eight Northeast Ohio establishments.

Yankees Tavern in Geneva-on-the-Lake was issued a citation on June 19 for engaging in disorderly activities. The establishment was cited for selling alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption and failing to follow social distancing guidelines.

Yankees Tavern denied all violations. It was found in violation of engaging in disorderly activity, but not selling alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption or failing to socially distance. The Commission issued a 30-day liquor permit suspension beginning Sept. 18.

The Bait House in Port Clinton was cited on July 3 for engaging in disorderly activities. The bar was found in violation of disorderly activities and was issued a seven-day suspension of it’s liquor license or a fee of $1,400 in lieu of serving the suspension.

East End Restaurant in Cleveland had hearings for cases involving COVID-19 health order violations, as well as violations stemming back to 2019.

The restaurant had hearings for citations issued in December 2019 for unsanitary conditions, hindering Commission agents from conducting an inspection of the establishment and failing to display its liquor permit. The restaurant was found in violation of hindering the inspection and issued a four-day suspension of its liquor license with the option to pay an $800 fine instead.

East End Restaurant also had its hearing for a citation issued on July 3 for engaging in disorderly conduct against COVID-19 health orders. The restaurant was found in violation and issued a 20-day suspension of its liquor license beginning Sept. 22.

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Vivid Cocktail Lounge in Maple Heights had its hearing for a citation it received on June 13 for engaging in disorderly activities and allowing alcoholic beverages sold for on-premise consumption to be taken off the premises.

The Commission found the establishment in violation of engaging in disorderly activities and was ordered to serve a five-day suspension of its liquor license beginning on Sept. 18 or pay a $3,000 fine instead.

Medusa Restaurant and Lounge in Cleveland was cited on July 4 for engaging in disorderly activities and failing to follow social distancing guidelines. At its hearing, the establishment was found in violation of engaging in disorderly activities and ordered to serve a 45-day suspension of its liquor permit beginning on Sept. 18.

Several establishments in Put-in-Bay that had been cited for COVID-19 health order violations had their cases heard by the Commission as well.

Niese Holdings LTD. was cited on July 3 for hindering Commission agents to conduct an inspection and allowing customers to engage in disorderly activities. At its hearing, the permit holder was found in violation of allowing disorderly activities and ordered to serve a 20-day suspension of its liquor permit.

Park Hotel was cited on June 27 for allowing guests to engage in disorderly activities. The establishment was found in violation but was not issued a penalty.

Adventure Bay was cited on June 27 for allowing guests to engage in disorderly activities. At its hearing, Adventure Bay was found to be in violation and ordered to serve a five-day suspension of its liquor permit or pay a $750 fine instead.

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