Scratch GLOW Pictures & Cocktails in Tempe and Scottsdale’s Bottle Blonde and Casa Amigos off the record of local bars open for business once more, at the very least for the rapid future.
All three institutions had been shut down by the Arizona Division of Well being Companies in current days for failing to observe COVID-19 security guidelines. They’re closed till additional discover, per the ADHS. Every of their liquor licenses has been indefinitely suspended by the Arizona Division of Liquor Licenses and Management because of this.
The closures got here solely days after ADHS allowed sure Maricopa County bars to reopen with restrictions.
At a press conference earlier on Monday, ADHS director Dr. Cara Christ advised native media the division’s investigation into all three bars was because of on-line complaints and notifications from regulation enforcement.
In line with ADHS, every bar was compelled to shut after “jeopardizing the well being, security, and welfare of the general public.” Particularly, every bar violated attestations their house owners or administration made to the division that they’d observe security pointers aimed toward stopping the unfold of COVID-19, which was one of many situations of reopening.
On Thursday, August 27, ADHS introduced that bars or nightclubs offering dine-in service might reopen at 50 % capability, albeit after submitting attestations to the division that they’d observe sure guidelines. These embody limiting teams to 10 individuals or much less, eliminating dance flooring and areas the place patrons might stand round, and requiring masks and social distancing.
Bottle Blonde and Casa Amigos, that are each owned by Scottsdale-based bar/restaurant firm Night Leisure Group, resumed enterprise on Friday, August 28, and had been reportedly busy. (KNXV Channel-15 broadcast a Snapchat video shot at Casa Amigos exhibiting a packed dance flooring and bar space.)
The next day, ADHS shut down each bars, that are neighboring companies alongside the nightlife-heavy Indian Plaza, stating that liquor division investigators witnessed guidelines relating to social distancing, masking, dancing, standing, and desk occupancy limits being violated.
(It’s not the primary time that EEG’s companies have been dinged by the state for breaking COVID-19 security guidelines. Again in June, Bottle Blonde, Casa Amigos, and Hello-Fi Kitchen & Cocktails had been warned by the liquor division they had been risking shedding their license after flouting social distancing laws.)
GLOW, which is situated alongside Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe, reopened on Saturday, August 29, per its Instagram. In line with ADHS, there was no enforcement of social distancing on the bar, and patrons had been seen standing or dancing throughout after opening. The bar additionally wasn’t functioning as a dine-in institution, as its proprietor Jay Johari claimed on GLOW’s attestation to ADHS.
A shutdown order was issued on Sunday, August 30. Johari then reportedly posted a video to the nightclub’s Instagram, which has since been deleted, with footage of patrons standing aside from one another contained in the membership and the caption “The liquor board shut me down for this. 25 % occupancy with meals. 10 individuals standing is what did it!”
All three bars can solely reopen after getting permission from ADHS, in keeping with the division.
Christ stated on the press convention earlier this week that the division will proceed to analyze any complaints of bars throughout Arizona which have probably violated COVID-19 security pointers.
On the similar press convention, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey suggested bars and different companies (comparable to eating places, gyms, and theaters) to observe the laws.
“If individuals will observe the steerage, issues will go a lot better,” Ducey stated. “We wish you to have the ability to function safely.”