7 Ohio businesses cited for violating health orders this weekend

Amy May’s tacos in Findlay and Viaduct in Tiffin are among those companies.

TOLEDO, Ohio – The Ohio Investigative Unit cited seven institutions, with a total of nine administrative citations, after receiving complaints of apparent violations of Ohio Department of Health’s orders.

In northwest Ohio, tacos were quoted by Amy May in Findlay and Viaduct in Tiffin.

OIU agents visited Amy May’s tacos Saturday after receiving a complaint from the Hancock County’s Department of Health. During the visit, agents discovered about 10 employees who were not wearing masks. The company received an administrative complaint for improper conduct.

Agents also inspected Viduct on Saturday following a complaint from the Seneca County Health Department. During the visit, agents observed several unmasked employees. The company has been issued an administrative report for inappropriate behavior and improper activity. OIU agents visited the Viaduct bar after receiving a complaint from the Seneca County Health Department alleging that ODH regulations had been violated. During the visit, agents observed several unmasked employees.

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Agents visited the following non-alcoholic establishments and issued charges of violations:

On July 17th, Jawbone Partners LLC, known as Dante’s Inferno and Backyard Bocce, Cleveland, received an administrative report for inappropriate behavior – illegal activity. Numerous guests have been watched by officers and agents standing and gathering without social distancing measures. In addition, guests participated in several activities, including arcade games and bocce ball, without practicing any social distancing safety measures.

On July 17th, the Riverside Restaurant & Bar, Powhatan Point, The OIU issued an administrative complaint for violating Ohio Department of Health orders. OIU agents visited the place after receiving a complaint from the Belmont County Health Department stating that the bar was holding a “Jambo Party” and believed it would attract a large crowd. Agents arrived and watched a large crowd stand around the bar, many of them drinking alcohol. Numerous people moved around freely, drank alcohol, hugged, and in places huddled shoulder to shoulder. None of the employees wore masks and no attempts were made to establish social distancing. Agents issued an administrative quote reflecting the violation of inappropriate conduct and improper activity.

On July 18, FWD Flats LLC, known as Forward, Cleveland, received an administrative report for inappropriate behavior – illegal activity. Officials and agents observed several hundred people on the premises and observed egregious violations of the Ohio Department of Health’s orders. The guests stood, gathered and danced on a dance floor, the bar and on tables. There were no social distancing measures. This place was not engaged in catering of any kind and was operated exclusively as a dance club.

On July 18, Isaiah R. Poindexter, known as All City Sports Bar and Grill, Youngstown, received two administrative summons for inappropriate behavior – improper activity. Local authorities saw patrons rally without social distancing and demand that the OIU issue administrative quotes against violations of Ohio Department of Health orders. This place was previously cited on June 20 and July 3 after Youngstown police observed numerous guests standing and gathering without social distancing measures.

July 18th, Down River Specialties Incorporated, known as Club Paradis, Cleveland, received an administrative report for inappropriate behavior – illegal activity. Officials entered this adult entertainment facility and observed over 150 people in confined spaces and outrageous violations of Ohio Department of Health orders. There were no social distancing measures of any kind and patrons, dancers and other staff were in repeated, direct contact.

On July 19th, Down River Specialties Incorporated, known as Club Paradis, Cleveland, received a second administrative subpoena for inappropriate behavior – illegal activity. The place was previously cited in the early morning hours of July 18. OIU agents, working with personnel from the Cleveland Division of Police, the Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Cleveland Division of Fire, visited the adult entertainment facility and observed immediate violations. While the overall occupancy was noticeably reduced compared to the enforcement in the previous night, serious violations of the ODH and CDPH remained as guests, dancers and staff were observed in repeated and direct contact with one another. These violations include the guests standing and dancing while many others gathered in a small space; and adult entertainers on stage and perform dances in close or direct contact with the guests. In addition to the second administrative charge, the Cleveland Police Department issued a criminal subpoena to the owner for violating ODH and CDPH health ordinances.

Although many bars and restaurants were found in compliance with health regulations, there were a number of warnings throughout the weekend.

The aforementioned cases will be brought before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for possible penalties, including fines and suspension or revocation of liquor approvals.

“The goal of these compliance tests is to protect all customers by ensuring that alcohol-free establishments comply with the regulations so that they can continue to serve their customers and everyone can enjoy a safe and healthy experience,” said OIU agent Michelle Thourot . Educating alcohol license holders about the order has been a priority for the Ohio Investigative Unit, but enforcement action is taken when outrageous violations are observed. We ask guests to help their favorite bars and restaurants by following the precautions that have been taken to make these facilities safe and compliant. “

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