10 bars and restaurants in South Jersey broke COVID rules in 2 weeks


NEW JERSEY – State officials continue to crack down on companies that have allegedly violated executive orders against the New Jersey coronavirus, with 10 more having received warnings in the past two weeks, officials said. Seven of these establishments were in southern Jersey and on the Jersey Shore. (see list below).

The news comes shortly after a bar in Wildwood had its license to serve alcohol suspended throughout the summer for repeatedly violating Gov. Phil Murphy’s Order in Council requiring bars and restaurants to prevent the spread of the disease, authorities said. Read more: Wildwood Shamrock Beef & Ale Bar Closed For Summer Due To Repeated COVID-19 Violations, Says AG

The actions precede the state’s largest reopening to date, when capacity limits on restaurants, shops, offices and other areas of life are to be lifted by May 19. This includes lifting the ban on seats inside the bar.

Social distancing is still expected in bars, either with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s six-foot requirement, or with physical partitions. Read more here: Reopening of ‘major’ COVID in NJ: here’s what’s planned

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal stressed that the state would continue to target facilities that break the law and do little to stop the virus from spreading – even as the number of vaccinations continues to rise and that COVID-19 cases in New Jersey continue to decline.

The companies are found in violation for not enforcing the use of face masks and maintaining a social distancing of six feet, as well as for violating interior capacity limits. Those who commit repeated violations risk having their license revoked.

In the previous three months, 44 establishments were cited, including 33 in February and early March and 11 more last month.

“We will not allow a small percentage of bars and restaurants that do not comply with mitigation measures to endanger public health,” Grewal said.

During several press conferences over the past two weeks, Col. Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of Police for the State of New Jersey, identified 10 other establishments that have received warnings for violations:

  • Kitchen and faucet breakers in Waretown
  • Black Dog – 7 Stools in Little Egg Harbor
  • Klee’s Bar and Grill in Seaside Heights
  • Yesterday’s bar in Upper Township
  • Tuckahoe Inn in Upper Township
  • Levari’s Seafood and American Grill in Upper Township
  • Old Town Pub in Wildwood
  • The Bridge at Holly Beach in Wildwood
  • Firehouse Tavern in Wildwood
  • Blue water grid in Wildwood

In addition to the businesses, Newark Police responded to a private residence where it was estimated that there were 300 to 500 people, Callahan said on May 10. The owner was cited and issued a subpoena for violating the decree.

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