A Tiffin bar was cited by the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) Friday night for alleged violations of coronavirus safety orders.
Double Barrel Bar & Grill, 295 Vine St., received an administrative citation for alleged improper conduct / disorderly activity as well as hindering or obstructing an inspection.
Agents with the OIU visited Double Barrel and observed numerous patrons congregating in large groups throughout the premises consuming alcoholic beverages.
Due to the layout of the facility and the crowd, OIU agents say it was nearly impossible to move through the establishment without physically having to ask patrons to move in an attempt to avoid direct contact.
Additionally, agents observed no attempts by staff to enforce social distancing directives and employees not wearing facial coverings, the OIU said.
As agents attempted to take enforcement for the violations, the establishment’s owner allegedly became disorderly and encouraged patrons not to comply with the agent’s request to leave the premises, according to the OIU.
Agents were assisted by the Tiffin Police Department.
The case will go before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for potential penalties, including fines and/or the suspension or revocation of liquor permits.
“We continue to see that most of the permit premises are following the precautions put in place to make their establishments safe and they are complying with the directives,” said OIU Enforcement Commander Eric Wolf. “As agents continue to conduct compliance checks they take enforcement action when egregious violations like these are observed.”
The Ohio Investigative Unit is made up of fully-sworn, plainclothes peace officers responsible for enforcing Ohio’s alcohol, tobacco, and food stamp fraud laws.
Agents conduct compliance checks to ensure the liquor permit premises are compliant with the Ohio Liquor Control Act.
Agents also act on complaints of illegal activity on liquor permit premises.
In addition to providing the safety checks associated with the COVID-19 directives, OIU agents continue to perform their normal compliance checks to ensure the liquor permit premises are complying with the Ohio Liquor Control Act.