State Agency Vowing To Crack Down Hard On Iowa Bars & Restaurants Not Enforcing Social Distancing Guidelines

Thu 7-30-2020

(Des Moines, IA) -- A state agency will take "additional steps" to enforce social distancing in Iowa bars and restaurants -- and that includes shutting a business down for violations.

The announcement from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division includes a warning from its director that businesses need to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 -- and bars and restaurants that choose not to will face consequences.

Businesses are to provide six-feet of social distancing between customers and patrons cannot roam but must be seated to be served.

A bar or restaurant that serves liquor faces a one-thousand dollar fine on a first offense -- a business that just serves food will first get a warning. On a third offense, the state will revoke the operating license for the bar or restaurant.