Adrian bar faces enforcement action from MDH for alleged COVID rule infractions

MINNESOTA - Three more bars in Minnesota are facing enforcement action from state authorities for reopening against COVID-19 rules, including one in Nobles County.

The Minnesota Department of Health has announced it issued cease-and-desist orders and notices of liquor license suspensions to the bars for various violations of state guidelines. Included in the list is Big Orv’s of Adrian.

According to a news release from the MDH, all three restaurants were found to be serving on-site food and beverage. At Big Orv's, the bar was found to be open for drinks on Dec 21, with one customer violating the state's face mask rules that state they must be worn in indoor public spaces unless the person is eating or drinking.

A cease-and-desist order and license suspension notice were served on Dec. 28.

Two other establishments – King Sparrow of Milaca and Joe’s Diner of East Grand Forks – were also reportedly breaking the latest mandate.

The MDH says Joe's Diner was not only found to be open during an inspection Dec. 17, but a waitress was also observed not wearing a mask, and there were no signs reminding customers to wear masks. A follow-up inspection on Dec. 22 found it was once again open for food and drink.

King Sparrow was also found to be open for food and drink service on Dec. 18, as well as allowing more than five customers indoors at the same time to pick up takeout. Employees were also observed working without masks.

The announcement came a day after MDH announced it was taking the same action against Long Pine Store in Pine River, and Jamieson's on Main in Oslo for reopening for food or drink service.

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