Pub license suspended for violating State of Emergency, governor’s executive orders

Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 12:27 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A pub in Charleston has been forced to close after the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABCA) suspended its license for violating Gov. Jim Justice’s executive orders and WVABCA advisories.

The Pint Pub on Kanawha Boulevard East has been advised to immediately cease all operations for the violation of Gov. Justice’s State of Emergency and executive orders issued from March 2020 through February 2021.

“During the inspection there were multiple violations (that were happening),” said the WVABCA’s public information officer Gig Robinson. “The violations (ranged) from (both employees and patrons) not wearing proper face coverings, to social distancing, to capacity issues during live entertainment.”

According to WVABCA Commissioner Fredric Wooton, after receiving complaints of overcrowding and COVID-19 violations, an enforcement agent went to the pub and took photographs and video on Feb. 20.

Officials say the agent documented that the business was violating social distancing and face covering requirements and was in excess of the 50% seating capacity guideline.

WSAZ reported on Friday that Gov. Jim Justice increased seating capacity for bars and restaurants from 50% to 75% but businesses could only up their capacity if seating allowed for social distancing, as well. No standing is allowed.

During the inspection, there was live entertainment and customers congregating and dancing, the administration writes. Officials say there was also a line of people waiting to get inside.

According to the WVABCA, the pub may reopen for approved operations on Sunday, March 7 following an explanation letter and improvement plan submitted by the owner. The ABCA says the plan must be submitted by March 2. However, Robinson said if the owners submit the plan earlier and get approval immediately there is a chance they may not have to remain under suspension for the full two weeks.

“We want to make sure -- what are you going to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again? If they submit that plan and it’s accepted then it’s conceivable that it will not run it’s entire fourteen days,” he told WSAZ, “at any given time the commission can lift that suspension, could let it run it’s course or could extend the suspension.”

Kanawha-Charleston Health Department officials say they also suspended the food license for Pint Pub, as they too found the establishment in violation of the governor’s executive order. They say when the ABCA reinstates their license, they will also.

Officials say any further violations could result in additional monetary sanctions, further suspension and possible revocation of the licensee’s license.

WSAZ reached out to Pint Pub for comment but have not heard back.

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