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Twelve Bars and Restaurants in New Jersey Broke COVID Rules May be in Trouble


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JERSEY CITY, NJ- The state wants to suspend the liquor licenses of 12 New Jersey bars and restaurants for violating executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

The state announced on Wednesday that each establishment may face a minimum 10-day suspension for violating heightened restrictions placed on eating and drinking establishments by Gov. Phil Murphy last month, as well as prior executive orders aimed at preventing the transmission of COVID-19

Col. Pat Callahan, the superintendent of the State Police, said that restaurants in West Orange, Newark and elsewhere were cited as well as those involved with a large house party in East Hanover and Newark.

Last month, Murphy signed Executive Order No. 194 which, among other things, imposes a 10 p.m. curfew on all indoor food and drink services in the state and prohibits patrons from being seated at an indoor bar at all times.

The restrictions were imposed by Murphy in an effort to reduce the sustained close contact that results from patrons seated at indoor bar areas.

The charges announced on Wednesday stem from violations of the executive order requiring establishments to limit the number of patrons allowed in indoor areas to 25 percent of the establishment’s indoor capacity; enforce face-covering requirements for patrons and employees; prohibit the consumption of food and alcohol by patrons who are not seated at a table; maintain a 6-foot minimum distance between dining tables; limit the number of patrons at a table to eight; and enforce social distancing among employees and patrons.
Charges issued against: Sarina’s Bar, Clifton, Bar El Anochecer, Passaic, Sports Bar Inn, Passaic, six6, JErsey City, La Rumba Paisa Tavern, West New York, Vintage Wines and Baccchus Bar, Old Bridge, Fat Cactus Cantina New Brunswick, El tganampa, South River, Ria Mar Bar and Restaurant, South River, Donovans Restaurnats, Manchester, Bayeers Tavern, Gloucester City and Flip FLopz, North WIldwood.

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