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Iowa City bar accused of violating COVID-19 public health orders

Bar goers wallk on the pedestrian mall in Iowa City on the night of Friday, October 9, 2020. (Nick Rohlman/Freelance)
Bar goers wallk on the pedestrian mall in Iowa City on the night of Friday, October 9, 2020. (Nick Rohlman/Freelance)

IOWA CITY — A downtown Iowa City bar is accused of violating Gov. Kim Reynolds’ COVID-19 public health disaster orders.

Players Sports Bar & Grill, 219 Iowa Ave., is accused of violating the public health emergency declaration on Oct. 24 by failing to maintain 6 feet of social distances between group or individuals drinking or dining alone; failing to keep customers from gathering closer than 6 feet; failing to make sure customers were seated while drinking; and failing to “implement reasonable measures for increased hygiene practices,” according to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.

The bar faces a civil penalty for the violation, according to the Alcoholic Beverages Division.

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