Bars Ignored Shutdown Orders, Paid the Price

Bars Ignored Shutdown Orders, Paid the Price

( – In states around the country, bars and restaurants have been ordered to close in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Establishments are allowed to offer delivery and take-out but they’re not permitted to have patrons dine-in. Not all owners are willing to comply.

The Queen City Lounge, a bar located in Cincinnati, chose to ignore the Ohio Department of Health’s statewide order to close. In response, the building has now been shut down by force and boarded up by the Cincinnati Police Department.

According to Cincinnati Assistant Chief Paul Neudigate, bars will be given two warnings before officials shut them down. These actions make it clear that following orders to close these establishments to protect the public health and slow the spread of COVID-19 are not optional.

Ohio is not alone in its response. Restaurants and bars in West Virginia have also been ordered to close and officials are warning owners that they’ll be shut down completely if they don’t.

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