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State suspends liquor licenses, permits of more businesses for violating epidemic order

Michigan liquor sales climb
Posted at 9:23 AM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 09:23:59-05

(WSYM) — The Michigan Liquor Control Commission suspended liquor licenses and permits for businesses in Mt. Pleasant, Plymouth and Bitely.

The businesses had multiple violations of the current public health order, including: allowing non-residential, indoor gatherings; providing indoor dining; exceeding limitations for outdoor dining, and failure to require face coverings for staff and patrons.

Since September 2020, the MLCC has suspended liquor licenses of a total of 37 businesses for violation of public health orders.

On Jan. 14, an MLCC Commissioner ordered the emergency suspension of the liquor license and permits held by Corky’s Beal City Tavern, located at 2007 N. Winn Road in Mt. Pleasant. The Commission issued an emergency suspension of its Class C, and Specially Designated Merchant licenses and its permits for Sunday Sales (P.M.) and Outdoor Service.

On Jan. 14, an MLCC Commissioner ordered the emergency suspension of the liquor licenses and permits for The Post Local Bistro located at 844 Penniman Ave. in Plymouth. Specifically, the Commission issued an emergency suspension of its Class C, and Specially Designated Merchant licenses and its permits for Additional Bar, Sunday Sales (A.M. and P.M.), Dance, Entertainment, two Outdoor Service Areas, and Direct Connection.

On Jan. 15, 2021, an MLCC Commissioner ordered the emergency suspension of the liquor licenses and permits for Bitely Tavern located at 2384 W. Main Street in Bitely. Specifically, the Commission issued an emergency suspension of its Class C, and Specially Designated Merchant licenses and its permits for Sunday Sales (P.M.), Outdoor Service, Dance, and Special Purpose. The licensee is scheduled to appear before an Administrative Law Judge on January 22, 2021, for a virtual hearing via Zoom to determine whether this summary suspension should continue, or other fines and penalties should be imposed.

Licensees are strictly prohibited from allowing indoor gatherings, as defined by the MDHHS Gatherings and Face Mask Order, on their licensed premises. They must also follow the MDHHS order’s provisions concerning outdoor dining.