WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A famous watering hole in Florida was closed due to a sudden surge in coronavirus infections traced to the establishment.
- Licensing officers cited violation of health guidelines for reopening, including not practicing social distancing.
- The bar owner clarified through social that they followed health guidelines, claiming that officials only use his business as an excuse for their lapses over the pandemic.
According to officials, a college bar in Florida college was slapped with a liquor license suspension following several new COVID-19 cases, which was has reportedly linked to the busy watering hole.
The establishment, Knight’s Pub, located adjacent to the University of Central Florida in Orlando, got its authorization temporarily canceled on Monday after no less than 13 staffers and 28 patrons got tested positive with coronavirus, as confirmed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation of the state.
Media station WFTV reported that while around 50% of the customers felt sick, health officials warned that the outbreak might be worse than expected.
Dr. Raul Pino, Orange County Health Officer confirmed that they “have linked 152 cases to that specific location.”
The suspension of bar license was due to the violation of reopening procedures by serving alcoholic drinks to clients who were standing or not following social distancing, news company Fox35 reported.
Michael D’Esposito, the club owner, responded by saying that the establishment is following the health guidelines, claiming the pub was being utilized as an excuse by officials for all coronavirus cases in the nearby Orlando area.
He clarified the bar had only been opened again for three days last June before the finally chose to close it down due to the pandemic.
“Unfortunately, despite our limited reopening that was encouraged by political leaders, our establishment is now being used a scapegoat for all COVID-19 cases in the surrounding Orlando area,” D’Esposito wrote on Facebook.
Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis cautioned on Tuesday that clubs could expect inspections from authorities under the licensing department of the state.
“The guidelines are in place for a reason. We want environments that aren’t going to be a huge risk of transmissions,” DeSantis said.
Source: New York Post