Lubbock bar suspended by TABC for breaking COVID-19 rules

Lubbock bar suspended by TABC for breaking COVID-19 rules
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - One Lubbock bar, Little Woodrow's at 6313 66th Street, has had their permit suspended by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for violating COVID-19 requirements.

This is one of 12 bars suspended in the state of Texas as part of recent enforcement efforts.

TABC released this statement on Sunday:

Agency’s efforts focus on public safety during pandemic

AUSTIN — On the third night of Operation Safe Open, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission found evidence to suspend the permits of seven more bars. In total, the permits of 12 bars have been suspended during these undercover investigations. Operation Safe Open is an effort by TABC agents to inspect businesses across Texas to ensure they're following protocols to slow the spread of COVID-19. These requirements include indoor customer capacity limits of 50% for bars and 75% for restaurants, along with social distancing of at least 6 feet between groups of customers.

"Protecting the health and safety of Texans during this pandemic is our top priority," TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. "We warned businesses TABC will have no tolerance for breaking the rules, and now, some bars are paying the price. I hope other establishments will learn from these suspensions."

The businesses issued an emergency order for a 30-day permit suspension are:

Sunday

Handlebar Houston, Houston

BARge 25, Seabrook

Harris House of Heroes, Dallas

The New PR's, Fort Worth

UnBARlievable (West 6th), Austin

Little Woodrow's, Lubbock

Coconuts, El Paso

Saturday

Buford's Backyard Beer Garden, Austin

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot Icehouse, Austin

Friday

Werk Bar, El Paso

Marty's Live, Dallas

Elevate Night Club, McAllen

TABC is strictly monitoring bar and restaurant activity and will pursue emergency license suspensions if there are violations that are a threat to public health and safety. TABC has the authority to suspend any license that poses a continuing threat to the public welfare. The first infraction will result in up to a 30-day license suspension, and the second will result in up to a 60-day suspension.

The Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas has developed specific guidelines bars and restaurants must follow to safely restart their businesses. To see the guidelines and learn more about the governor’s efforts to reopen Texas, visit open.texas.gov. Find TABC’s resources for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic at tabc.texas.gov/coronavirus.

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