Minnesota Attorney Going After Bars Violating Governor’s Order
Remember that list of businesses that were going to open for indoor dining or bar service in spite of Governor Walz's latest order? Minnesota's attorney general noticed them-- and is taking action against some of them.
The latest executive order issued by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Wednesday-- the order that keeps in-person dining 'on pause' at bars and restaurants across the state through the holidays-- hasn't been very popular, understandably, with Minnesota's hospitality industry.
But the state isn't showing any signs of letting businesses who wilfully violate that order get away with it. You might have seen that list of businesses who said Wednesday that they were going to open up anyway. Well, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison's office noticed-- and is moving forward and taking action against two bars who opened their business in defiance of the latest state order.
According to this CBS-Minnesota story, a move was made Wednesday to suspend the liquor license at Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville, which had opened for dine-in service just after noon Wednesday:
Late Wednesday evening, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division announced that it intends to suspend Alibi’s liquor license for 60 days for blatantly violating the executive order.
The story also noted that officials from the Department of Public Safety said they will suspend the liquor license of Neighbors on the Rum, located in Princeton, for 60 days for violating the Governor's order, as well.
Meanwhile, KSTP-TV said the Attorney General Ellison and the Department of Health noted consequences of opening against the latest order could also include fines, as well, saying, "Businesses that refuse to comply with the order can be fined, face civil penalties of up to $25,000 per violation or lose things like liquor licenses."
I get why some bars and restaurants want to open for business right now. The ongoing pandemic, and measures that have been enacted to combat it, have made it tough for many small businesses across Minnesota to make ends meet. Sadly, many didn't survive. Keep scrolling to check out the businesses Rochester has already lost in 2020.