Arizona Bar Allegedly Allowed COVID-19 Employees To Continue Working

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Arizona Bar Allegedly Allowed COVID-19 Employees To Continue Working.

Varsity Tavern on Mill Avenue, Temple allegedly allowed employees who tested positive for COVID-19 to continue working. The novel coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 11 million people, claiming more than 526,000 lives across the world.

Thursday, the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control said Varsity Tavern allegedly allows employees who had tested positive for COVID-19 to continue working, as well as violating the governor’s executive order to enforce social distancing measures.

According to a news release, Varsity Tavern, a bar and restaurant in downtown Tempe, reportedly told the Arizona Department of Liquor on Wednesday that it had closed in light of an investigation. Its license has been deemed inactive, which prevents the business from buying or selling alcohol.

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John Cocca, director of the department, will seek to revoke the venue’s liquor license, the news release said.

Varsity Tavern faces the following violations:

Multiple instances where management required or permitted employees who had tested positive for COVID-19 to continue working.
Management failed to take appropriate measures to notify the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) or other agencies, employees, or customers that employees who had tested positive had worked while symptomatic.
Management failed to create or enforce written policies in compliance with the executive order, CDC or ADHS guidelines.
Also, Management failed to enforce social distancing guidelines requiring masks or limiting groups to gather.

Depending on the outcome of the investigation, penalties could include suspension or revocation of the bar’s liquor license, and up to $3,000 in fines per violation, according to the notice given to Varsity Tavern. Because of the seriousness of the charges, anyone with information is asked to call the Department’s Investigations Division at 602-542-9062.

Varsity Tavern has had its license suspended by the liquor department twice — both in December 2018 and in July 2019. Following the 2018 incident, Varsity Tavern agreed to a $15,500 fine to resolve four cases of allegedly serving minors alcohol.

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