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Three Peoria bars named in Police Reports for violating indoor dining limitations in November

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PEORIA (HOI) - In police reports obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, the Peoria Police Department responded to four complaints for indoor dining violations in November 2020.

After Tier 3 mitigations went into place in November, Peoria Police were called to MD's Sports Bar and Bullpen Bar & Grill once each and Crusens on War Memorial Drive twice. In all four cases, no citations were given by the officer. However, the reports were forwarded to the Peoria City County Health Department and the State's Attorney's Office.

On November 20, 2020 an officer was notified of suspected violations at MD's Sports Bar. According to the police report, once entering the bar the officer witnessed "approximately 8 patrons sitting at the bar on barstools, not social distancing and not wearing face masks."

In that same report, the officer explained to the business bar manager, who was not wearing a mask, that they were in violation of the Governor's orders. The officer noted that "it did not appear that [the manager] was going to shut the business down for the night."

On November 22, 2020 an officer responded to a similar complaint at Bullpen Bar & Grill on N. Dries Lane in Peoria. The officer observed "approximately 10-15 people." The officer notified the manager that they were in violation of Tier 3 mitigations. In response, the manager said, "the business shut down when COVID first began and the business has struggled since."

Then on November 28 and 30 officers responded to Crusens on E. War Memorial Drive for reports of Tier 3 mitigation violations. Officers filed two separate reports both noting customers eating and drinking inside.

A manager named in the report told officers that the owner of the bar wanted it to remain open. In the second report, there were "approximately 20 patrons inside the establishment."

On all occasions officers notified management of their violation and forwarded the reports the the PCCHD and State's Attorney's Office.

Heart of Illinois ABC has filed FOIA requests for any citations or action taken against any establishment in Peoria County, including the four incidents outlined. Peoria City County Health Department denied an initial FOIA request because they consider these incidents "ongoing investigations."

A FOIA request review regarding the FOIA denial was filed with the State Attorney General.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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