157 Lounge in downtown Kent received a citation from the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) Saturday night for coronavirus health violations.
Undercover OIU agents witnessed around 100 people in the bar with little social distancing.
According to the OIU, the bar will have a hearing with the Ohio Liquor Control Commission to determine possible penalties.
“The commission generally has broad discretion in determining the appropriate penalty in any given case,” said Sarah Creedon, executive director of the Ohio Liquor Control Commission. “The commission has the authority to issue a suspension or revocation, and in most cases, may allow the permit holder the opportunity to pay a financial forfeiture in lieu of serving the suspension or revocation.”
The commission determines the penalty based on several factors such as the severity and nature of the violation, the bar's prior record and any other relevant information, said Creedon.
The citation arrived after the lounge was referred to the Ohio State Highway Patrol by the Kent City Health Department for not following COVID-19 health guidelines.
157 Lounge did not return calls or emails requesting for comment.
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