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New Jersey Attorney General Charges 10 More Bars and Restaurants with COVID-19 Rules Violations

As states like New York and Pennsylvania continue to restrict and shut down restaurant establishments, the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control has filed charges seeking to suspend the liquor licenses for 10 establishments based on alleged violations of Governor Murphy’s Orders. This is addition to the previous charges levied by the Division. The violations alleged in each Notice of Charges vary between the establishments but that each seek a suspension of the respective liquor license.

Who Was Charged with Violations of Governor Murphy’s Order

The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control indicated that they conducted roughly 500 random inspections throughout the State to determine if bars/restaurants were in compliance with the Governor’s COVID-19 Orders. Some of the restrictions included in the Governor’s Orders included a ban on indoor food and beverage service between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., prohibition on bar-side seating, mandatory masks and social distancing.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, the following entities were issued charges: 

  • Eddy’s Bar & Liquors, in Bayonne. The business was cited for “allowing patrons to sit at the bar and for failing to enforce face covering requirements,” the state said. Officials sought a 15-day suspension of the license.
  • Wicked Wolf, in Hoboken. The establishment was cited for allowing patrons to sit at the bar, officials said. A 10-day suspension was sought.
  • Reilly’s Bar & Grill, in Kearny. Officials said it was cited for violating the 10 p.m. curfew, “allowing patrons to consume food/drink while not seated, and exceeding occupancy limits.” The ABC sought a 30-day suspension.
  • Graystone Inn, in Little Falls. The bar was cited for “allowing patrons to sit at the bar, and exceeding occupancy limits on two separate occasions.” Officials said they sought a 40-day suspension.
  • George Street Ale House, in New Brunswick. The business was cited for “allowing patrons to sit at the bar, and failing to enforce social distancing and face covering requirements,” according to the state, which sought a 25-day suspension.
  • Black Betty’s Saloon, in Sayreville. The business was cited for “allowing patrons to sit at the bar, and failing to enforce social distancing and face covering requirements and “cited for allowing lewd activity on premises,” according to the state, which did not provide details. Officials sought a 70-day suspension.
  • 30 Strikes, in Stratford. Officials said the business was cited for violating the 10 p.m. curfew and the state sought a 10-day suspension.
  • Jalapenos Bar and Grill, in Gloucester City. The bar was cited for “allowing patrons to sit at the bar, and failing to enforce face covering requirements. a second offense,” according the state. Officials sought a 20-day suspension.
  • 814 South Pub & Kitchen, in Somerdale. The business was cited for violating 10 p.m. curfew, failing to maintain a six-foot distance between tables, and failing to enforce face covering requirements, the state said. Officials sought a 25-day suspension.
  • B&B Saloon, in Atlantic City. The saloon was cited for “allowing patrons to sit at the bar, exceeding occupancy limits, and failing to enforce social distancing and face covering requirements. Also cited for allowing alcohol to be consumed beyond the licensed premises, hindering an inspection, employing a criminally disqualified individual, and violating conditions imposed on the license after a shooting left two people dead last month,” the state said. More information on the allegations was not immediately available. Officials sought a 115-day suspension.

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