Washington City Paper: Hilton Brothers to Close Seven Bars ‘for Foreseeable Future’ on Halloween

Washington City Paper: Hilton Brothers to Close Seven Bars ‘for Foreseeable Future’ on Halloween. “The brothers and nightlife impresarios behind many bars and restaurants stretching up 14th Street NW and down U Street NW will close seven establishments for the foreseeable future on Halloween. Eric and Ian Hilton say they fought for six months to keep American Ice Company, The Brixton, Echo Park, El Rey, The Gibson, Marvin, and Players Club running through the COVID-19 pandemic, but ultimately couldn’t.”

MEL Magazine: What The Bartenders Serving You Assholes Are Really Thinking

MEL Magazine: What The Bartenders Serving You Assholes Are Really Thinking. “If you’ve been on social media recently, you’ve probably seen the images: People happily posing at bars or at tables in a parking lot, always making sure to tell you in the caption that despite how it looks, they’re practicing social distancing while they enjoy cheap margaritas. But for those who are still basically quarantining — because the curve isn’t even close to flattening — such pictures are a stain on the timeline. It’s a party they’re not invited to/unable to attend. Moreover, it risks potentially spiking said curve even higher.”

Database: NY bars that have cited for COVID-19 violations (Times Telegram)

Times Telegram: Database: NY bars that have cited for COVID-19 violations. “New York has stepped up its enforcement at bars and restaurants that have flouted the state’s executive orders related to COVID-19 safety precautions. The state on [July 28] suspended liquor licenses for 12 New York City bars, and last weekend a multi-agency task force, led by State Police and the Liquor Authority, did 1,300 compliance checks, finding violations at 132 establishments.”

Tennessean: White House is recommending Tennessee close all bars. Gov. Bill Lee says no.

Tennessean: White House is recommending Tennessee close all bars. Gov. Bill Lee says no.. “Dr. Deborah Birx, a White House adviser who is among the top coronavirus officials in the nation, said Monday that Tennessee should close bars and limit indoor restaurant dining to prevent a looming escalation of the coronavirus outbreak. Moments later, Gov. Bill Lee said he had no plans to follow this recommendation. Lee said he would not close bars or limit restaurants or give county mayors the authority to take these actions locally.”

NYC Bar, Restaurant Owners Say It’s Unfair To Make Them Enforce Social Distancing, Mask Wearing: ‘I Got Into The Business Of Hospitality’ (WLNY)

WLNY: NYC Bar, Restaurant Owners Say It’s Unfair To Make Them Enforce Social Distancing, Mask Wearing: ‘I Got Into The Business Of Hospitality’. “Friday marked the first full day of new regulations for bars and restaurants in New York. They must now require customers to social distance, wear masks and purchase food with alcohol, but some of those new rules were quickly broken in Astoria, CBS2’s Cory James reports.”

Washington Post: Despite pandemic, young bar patrons say they want to keep on partying

Washington Post: Despite pandemic, young bar patrons say they want to keep on partying. “Last week, the governors of Maryland and Virginia raised concerns about enforcement of pandemic rules, such as masks and social distancing, at bars and restaurants — with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) noting in a letter to county officials that the coronavirus positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 is on the rise.”

BuzzFeed News: California Is Shutting Down All Indoor Dining And Bars Across The State Again As COVID-19 Cases Surge

BuzzFeed News: California Is Shutting Down All Indoor Dining And Bars Across The State Again As COVID-19 Cases Surge. “California’s governor ordered the shutdown on Monday of bars and indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, and some other businesses as hospitalizations spike amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the state. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the new statewide orders after about half of the state’s 58 counties were forced to shut down those activities due to local increases in COVID-19.”

Greenville News: Restaurants and bars in SC banned from selling alcohol after 11pm as coronavirus surges

Greenville News: Restaurants and bars in SC banned from selling alcohol after 11pm as coronavirus surges. “The ‘last call’ is at 11 p.m. Beginning Saturday, that is when South Carolina’s 8,000 restaurants, bars, breweries and similar establishments will be ordered to stop serving alcohol nightly, Gov. Henry McMaster announced Friday.”

Coronavirus: ‘Crystal clear’ drunk people will not socially distance (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: ‘Crystal clear’ drunk people will not socially distance. “It is ‘crystal clear’ that drunk people are unable to socially distance, the chair of the Police Federation said as pubs reopened on Saturday. Ministers had urged caution ahead of hospitality venues reopening in England after three months of lockdown.”

AL .com: Maskless patrons pack Birmingham bars as COVID-19 cases rise in Jefferson County

AL .com: Maskless patrons pack Birmingham bars as COVID-19 cases rise in Jefferson County. “By day, Bianca Ambrosia works on the COVID-19 floor at a Birmingham-area hospital, where she wears a mask for protection from the virus. But by night, she says she frequents packed bars and typically goes without a mask unless she’s asked to wear one while ordering or visiting a restroom. Late Friday night, Ambrosia sat nursing a drink on a stool outside Mojo Pub in Birmingham’s Lakeview neighborhood.”

New York Times: All Eyes on Bars as Virus Surges and Americans Go Drinking

New York Times: All Eyes on Bars as Virus Surges and Americans Go Drinking. “Public health experts say that the long nights, lack of inhibitions and shoulder-to-shoulder confines inside so many bars — a source of community and relaxation in normal times — now make them ideal breeding grounds for the coronavirus. Now it is closing time — again.”

Colorado Sun: Colorado governor orders bars to re-close to in-person service

Colorado Sun: Colorado governor orders bars to re-close to in-person service. “Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday ordered Colorado bars and nightclubs to close once again to in-person service because of the coronavirus crisis, citing the fact that the establishments have been blamed for spikes in the disease in other states.”

Huffington Post: Officials Trace More Than 100 Coronavirus Cases To Michigan Bar

Huffington Post: Officials Trace More Than 100 Coronavirus Cases To Michigan Bar. “At least 107 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been linked to a bar in Michigan. Some 95 people who visited Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub in East Lansing June 12-20 have now tested positive for COVID-19, Ingham County Health Department announced Monday.” Initial reporting put the number at about 85.

CNN: Patrons are asked to self-quarantine after about 85 people who visited a Michigan bar get Covid-19

CNN: Patrons are asked to self-quarantine after about 85 people who visited a Michigan bar get Covid-19. “People who visited a bar in East Lansing, Michigan, are being asked to self-quarantine because roughly 85 people contracted Covid-19 after visiting the establishment this month, a health official says. That number is up from the 34 reported Wednesday and is expected to rise, Ingham County Health officer Linda S. Vail told CNN.”

Coronavirus: You can no longer drink alcohol at bars in Florida (Click Orlando)

Click Orlando: Coronavirus: You can no longer drink alcohol at bars in Florida. “With coronavirus numbers climbing and cases trending younger, Florida officials made the decision to immediately prohibit the consumption of alcohol at bars statewide — again. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which oversees alcohol licenses, made the announcement Friday morning on Twitter. No information was offered on how long the moratorium will be in place.”