List: 6 more bars in New York, New York have liquor licenses suspended for COVID-19 violations

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NEW YORK (WABC) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that the state has suspended liquor licenses for six other bars after finding violations of COVID-related executive orders. Between Monday and Friday night, police in The State and the National Liquor Authority carried out 5,981 compliance checks and found violations at 35 establishments.Businesses that violate COVID-19 regulations face fines of up to $ 10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant’s liquor license. total, 168 liquor licenses have now been suspended during the pandemic. Nearly 20 other bars were violated over the weekend.

“The hard work of New Yorkers is paying off, with the state maintaining an infection rate of less than 1% for more than three consecutive weeks – but we must remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidelines that got us here or there. risk backing off, ”Governor Cuomo told me. “Compliance in high-risk industries like bars and restaurants has been key to making this progress, and as today’s suspensions show, the state will hold on to bad actors who put public health at risk. for responsible.

The six establishments that have issued emergency summary suspension orders by the State Liquor Authority Board include:

“Blu Mar” at 136 Main Street in Southampton, August 25, 2020
At around 6:00 p.m. on August 22, investigators from the State Multi-Agency Task Force and agents from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department observed a line of patrons waiting to enter the facility while ignoring social distancing and eleven patrons standing and drinking on the patio. . Investigators returned an hour later, documenting several patrons standing around the bar. Several clients and staff were seen throughout the night without face coverings. That same evening, an 18-year-old underage officer was able to buy alcohol on two occasions without being asked for identification. The company is a repeat offender, with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department finding the restaurant operating as a nightclub on August 16, with a DJ; customers dance, don’t wear face covers and ignore social distancing; and an exotic performer dancing above the bar, in violation of the establishment’s license, which does not allow adult entertainment.

“Sazon Ramirez II” at 241 Nassau Road in Roosevelt, August 25, 2020
On August 23, investigators from the state’s multi-agency task force, the Nassau County Police Department and the Nassau County Fire Marshal conducted a joint investigation, finding the grocery store – which is not at all permitted to serve alcohol for consumption on the premises. – operated like a nightclub, with fourteen patrons drinking beer inside the premises and six employees and the owner not wearing a face covering. In the basement, investigators discovered ten customers drinking alcohol in a hidden room with a large-screen TV, jukebox and electronic gaming devices. The grocery store received five criminal court summons from the Nassau County Police Department, four criminal court summons from the Nassau County Fire Marshal, twenty building code violations, and six fire and fire safety violations. people.

“House of Yes” at 408 Jefferson Street in Brooklyn, August 27, 2020
On August 21, investigators from the state’s multi-agency task force observed an overcrowded nightclub atmosphere directly outside the premises, with music playing, and at least thirty patrons consuming alcohol at seated tables. within six feet of each other. No food was served, with the manager admitting that the kitchen was not operational – a violation of state law since 1964. Investigators also documented an employee with no face cover and numerous fire safety violations and personal safety.

“Nancy Restaurant” at 2961 Fulton Street in Brooklyn, August 27, 202
On August 26, New York City Police officers observed that around ten patrons inside the premises were consuming alcohol, in violation of indoor dining restrictions in effect since March 16. 2020. Officers report that no food was served, in violation of dietary requirements guidelines, and that patrons were consuming alcohol, although the location is only allowed to sell beer and some wine.

“The Ferris Wheel” at 6 Market Street in Oswego, August 28, 2020

Based on numerous complaints that the bar was overcrowded without social distancing, SLA investigators visited the facility on August 27 and observed around fifteen patrons lined up outside the bar waiting to enter. The lineage quickly grew to around twenty-five individuals, several of whom were observed without face masks and all ignoring social distancing. Investigators revealed their identities and entered the premises, discovering between forty and fifty customers on the second floor, dancing and consuming alcohol, in total disregard of social distancing and face protection rules. Investigators also noted that no food was served during the inspection. The Ferris Wheel liquor license had just been issued on July 8, 2020.

“Lover’s Rock” at 419 Tompkins Avenue in Brooklyn, August 28, 2020
On August 27, investigators from the state’s multi-agency task force observed four customers standing directly in front of the premises consuming alcohol and the establishment’s outdoor dining area extending in front of a nearby business. Eight patrons were also observed consuming alcohol in the backyard without food. The owner admitted not having a restaurant service – a violation of state law since 1964 – and investigators determined the company did not have a license from the New York Department of Health to serve as a the food. Investigators also observed an unauthorized security guard without a face mask.

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