Five Ohio Bars Cited During First Weekend Of Restricted Sales

Aug 3, 2020

Five Ohio bars were cited in the first weekend of the state’s new order banning alcohol sales past 10 p.m.

The Ohio Investigative Unit has said most bars it’s checked out are following the rules on social distancing – but Friday night, four northeast Ohio bars were cited for allowing too many patrons to stand, gather in close groups and dance.

Three of those bars were also cited for violating the alcohol sales order, including one agents said had locked the front door but allowed customers to come in a rear door.

Agents went to another northeast Ohio bar around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, where they say bartenders were still pouring drinks.

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission can fine violators or suspend or revoke their liquor permits.