COLUMBUS -- Agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) cited four establishments overnight after receiving complaints of blatant violations of orders in place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
“We all need to continue to work together by following the precautions put in place to make these establishments safe and compliant,” said OIU Enforcement Commander Eric Wolf. “We continue to follow up on complaints to ensure liquor-permitted establishments maintain compliance and enforcement action is taken when egregious violations are observed so everyone can enjoy a healthy experience.”
Agents visited the following liquor-permitted establishments and issued citations after witnessing the violations:
PooR Michael’S Bar, Springfield Township, Hamilton County, received an administrative citation for limitation on hours for sales and on-premises consumption. Agents visited the establishment after receiving a complaint alleging after hours violations. Upon entry at approximately 11 p.m., agents observed several patrons consuming shots, mixed drinks and beer, as well as a bartender preparing more drinks for on premises consumption. Agents were able to purchase mixed drinks, a shot and a beer for on premises consumption.
David Shelton, known as Elite, Columbus, received an administrative citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity. Agents visited establishment while working with the Columbus Board of Health. Agents observed numerous violations including, groups of people standing and drinking; employees not wearing facial coverings; and a large, unmasked crowd four-people deep pressed against a stage where a concert was being held.
Mama Jojos LLC, known as Dahlia Nightclub, Columbus, received an administrative citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity. Agents visited the establishment and observed groups of patrons congregating and standing while drinking; employees not wearing facial coverings; and unmasked patrons dancing with no social distancing measures in place.
AYA West LLC, known as Jed’s on Campus, Toledo, received an administrative citation for improper conduct – disorderly activity. Agents visited the establishment and observed patrons standing in large groups throughout the premises with no measures in place to enforce social distancing. Some employees and staff were observed not wearing facial coverings.
These cases will go before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for potential penalties, including fines and/or the suspension or revocation of liquor permits.