CENTRAL SQUARE — New York state has suspended liquor licenses at 21 additional bars and restaurants, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday, Oct. 23, including one in Central Square.
David’s Hideway, 68 Route 11, had its liquor license suspended on Oct. 4.
On Oct. 2, following complaints of social distancing violations, State Liquor Authority investigators made an undisclosed visit to the premises, observing about 20 patrons inside and two bartenders without facial coverings.
Within half an hour, a band began to perform and the crowd doubled in size, reaching the point where there were no seats available to accommodate patrons.
Investigators observed numerous patrons standing and drinking throughout the premises, including approximately 20 patrons crowded around the bar, most without facial coverings.
This business is a repeat offender and was fined $1,500 in late August for Executive Order violations, including lack of social distancing and employees without facial coverings.
These new suspensions bring the total number of liquor licenses suspended during the coronavirus pandemic to 238. In total, 1,362 charges have been filed against bars and restaurants for violating coronavirus-related rules. Businesses found in violation of these regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant’s liquor license.
In addition to taking action through the state’s Multi-Agency Task Force against establishments downstate where local enforcement has been lax, the State Liquor Authority has continued enforcement efforts statewide, with a specific focus on areas around colleges and counties with increases in COVID-19 cases.
The 21 establishments issued emergency orders of summary suspension from the State Liquor Authority Board are located in the New York City, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley and north country regions.