Michigan’s 10th company temporarily loses liquor license due to COVID-19 violations

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GAYLORD, Mich. (WJRT) – A 10th Michigan company has temporarily lost its liquor license due to statewide coronavirus order violations.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission on Wednesday suspended the liquor license of the Iron Pig Smokehouse in Gaylord. The restaurant is accused of allowing gatherings, providing indoor catering, failing to enforce face covering requirements and failing to prevent patrons from gathering.

All of these alleged violations go against an epidemic order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in effect from November 18 to December 9 to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Iron Pig owners are due to appear before a state administrative judge on December 11 for a hearing to determine whether the liquor license suspension should continue and whether penalties will be imposed.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission suspended liquor licenses for two restaurants and a motel earlier this week. The Meeting Place in Fenton temporarily lost its liquor license last week.

Five other businesses in Newaygo, Fremont, Muskegon Heights, Conklin and Grand Rapids have all had their liquor licenses suspended since September due to violations of COVID-19 orders.

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