Liquor licenses, permits of 5 southeast Michigan businesses suspended for violating COVID order

Liquor licenses of 26 businesses suspended since September

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DETROIT – On Monday, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission suspended the liquor licenses and permits of five more businesses.

The state agency noted that the action was taken against the businesses for breaking the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services extended COVID restrictions.

Businesses that violated the MDHHS order include Oak Café in Wyandotte, Tenacity Brewing in Flint, J. Knapps in Richmond, Limelight Pizza Kitchen Grill and Bar in Warren and Fast Eddie’s Bar and Grill in Mount Clemens.

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The businesses are scheduled to appear before an administrative law judge on Dec. 28 for a virtual hearing to determine whether the suspensions should continue, or other fines and penalties will be imposed.

“Licensees are strictly prohibited from allowing indoor gatherings, as defined by the MDHHS Gatherings and Face Mask Order, on their licensed premises. Further, these prohibited gatherings held without requiring patrons to wear face masks pose an immediate threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Allowing this activity to continue could create additional outbreaks of COVID-19,” said the State of Michigan in a news release.

It continued, “Any licensed establishment that is in violation of the MDHHS emergency order will be held strictly accountable and risk suspension or revocation of its license. All licensees must not only comply with the MDHHS Orders, but also local health department orders, and local ordinances regarding reduced occupancy rates and social distancing protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

To date, there have been more than 458,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, resulting in more than 11,460 deaths.

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