Michigan company suspended liquor license for breaking COVID mask, capacity and curfew rules



MARQUETTE, Mich. – A Michigan company had its liquor licenses and permits suspended because it did not need masks, exceeded capacity limit, and stayed open after curfew, depending on the state.

After being closed for about two and a half months, Michigan Restaurants were allowed to reopen on February 1 with certain COVID-19 restrictions in place. All workers must wear masks and customers must stay six feet from other parts. The maximum capacity allowed for indoor dining is 25% and a 10 p.m. curfew has been put in place.

Michigan officials accuse Wooden Nickel, located at 1751 Presque Isle Avenue in Marquette, of violating several COVID-19 indoor catering rules.

According to the state, the company allowed non-residential indoor gatherings, did not require cave blankets for staff and customers, exceeded the 25% capacity limit, and allowed meals to be eaten in the house. interior after 10 p.m.

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As a result, the Michigan Liquor Control Board ordered the emergency suspension of Wooden Nickel’s licenses and liquor licenses – in particular its Class C license, Specially Designated Merchant’s License and licenses for Sunday sales (morning and evening), entertainment and foreign Service.

Click here to view the full Emergency Stay Order.

The Wooden Nickel is due to appear before an administrative judge on Friday, February 19. The virtual hearing will determine whether the suspension should continue or whether other fines and penalties are warranted, state officials said.

Since September, the state has suspended the liquor licenses of 40 companies for alleged violations of COVID-19 emergency orders. Click here to view the list of 40.

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Michigan residents can report suspected violations of COVID-19 rules by calling the MLCC at 866-893-2121.

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